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Burgon & Ball settles with Gardman following infringement lawsuit

Published: 21 February 2013
Following a long-running legal dispute between Burgon & Ball and Gardman concerning infringements on Burgon & Ball's products, a settlement has been reached.
The action related to Burgon & Ball's Home Allotment range of products, in particular its Potato Planter, Vegetable Planter and associated planting bags. According to Anti Copying in Design (ACID) IP lawyer Kelly Hudson, the garden supplier was "the victim of several infringements" when she met representatives at the 2010 Glee show.

"Subsequently," she added, "they decided to adopt a robust IP strategy and campaign to stamp out rights abuse of their unique designs. This has involved a financial legal commitment but the message is now crystal clear and appears to have resonated within the sector with no infringements discovered at Glee 2012 and no further infringements since then."

ACID's ceo Dids Macdonald added: "The penny is finally starting to drop that design-led companies who invest in innovation through design excellence that they will not tolerate free riding on the back of their creativity."

The conditions of the settlement remain confidential.

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Published prior to March 2014
By Peter Sully
Storage Solutions the Devon based manufacturer of the Spur Shelving range applauded the action of Burgon and Ball. Managing Director Peter Sully who was on a export mission to Doha said "We are taking similar action to stop infringement of the Spur registered tradmark and hope that those who infringe Intellectual Property come to learn the risk they take." Peter went on to say "if you beleive you have infringed our mark the best action is to contact us and join us as a partner."

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