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Orkney copying dispute settled

OrkneyPortfolioSoft furnishing brand Portfolio Home has won a copying dispute over its bestselling Orkney bedlinen.

The brand’s owner Bridstock Gate issued proceedings in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court demanding undertakings to discontinue the importation and sale of the infringing product, delivery up of residual stock and payment of compensation and costs.

On the morning of the trial the defendant agreed to settle. It  - which cannot be named as part of the agreement - agreed the terms demanded by Bridstock Gate, including undertakings not to import or sell the infringing products and an inquiry to assess payment of damages and costs.

‘We are delighted to have been of assistance to Bridstock Gate in achieving settlement of this dispute. The ability to bring proceedings in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court gives clients who create original designs the opportunity to protect their innovative work without fear of plagiarism. The protection of original designs is essential to justify the cost and effort put in to the creation of new products,’ says Tony Catterall, lawyer at Taylors.

‘We are delighted by the outcome achieved as a result of this action.  We take a great pride in the innovative nature of our products and invest heavily in the design of original textile ranges that distinguish us from others in the market. It is essential that we protect the integrity of our designs and I am delighted that Taylors have achieved a more than satisfactory settlement on our behalf,’ says Paul Callan, Bridstock Gate md.