ACID's trailblazing work and ongoing campaigning has been a game changer in championing designers and the importance of their intellectual property rights' protection. This has influenced and brought about positive change in the legal and political landscape. The Design Economy is one of the success stories of the UK contributing nearly £100 billion to the UK's GVA and the protection of its intellectual capital is critical. In its 25th year, they want to shine a light on, and celebrate with everyone the huge success that has been achieved since the organisation was co-founded by Dids Macdonald (a designer maker) and Simon Clark (an IP lawyer and Partner of Bristows). From a round table action group it has grown to be a key influencer in design law reform over many years.
Posted: 2 October 2023
Ty Warner issued the following statement today in response to the release of The Beanie Bubble, a fictionalised feature film about the history-making success of Beanie Babies upon their first release in 1993. "I applaud the filmmakers for capturing the unprecedented energy and excitement – though not the facts – surrounding the original release of Beanie Babies 30 years ago. The movie is, by its own admission, partly fiction. But, like the filmmakers, I am in the business of dreams, and I admire their creative spirit. To the fans and collectors of Beanie Babies who have been there for the last three decades, thank you for all the love you have shown."
Posted: 28 July 2023
Celebrating 30 Years Of Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers, Licensed To Charm is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated launch of the latest additions to the special edition figurine series. Produced under licence from Aardman Animations, these miniature bronze figurines are a must-have for fans and collectors alike. The Collection comprising two meticulously detailed figurines, celebrating two iconic characters from the film, Wallace and the cunning criminal mastermind, Feathers McGraw.
Posted: 13 June 2023
Andersen Press, publishers of the popular picture book character, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, has recently signed four partners to its growing licensing and brand extension programme: The Puppet Company is launching Elmer hand puppets, Pawprint Family is creating badges and awards, publisher Immediate Media will create Elmer projects for their leading crafting titles and Kabode will collaborate on a special Elmer collection of infant bedding. These companies, alongside bags and aprons licensee, Petit Jour, will be launching brand new Elmer products in 2023. The partnerships were brokered by licensing agency, Metrostar.
Posted: 6 May 2023
Poetic Brands, the leading and innovative apparel licensee, has announced the launch of its newly developed footwear division. The first signing for this new division is Original Squishmallows – the lovable, ultra-soft, collectible plush phenomenon from Jazwares. Producing children's footwear and slippers initially, this partnership is the perfect way for Poetic Brands to showcase their new line. Commercial Director of Poetic Brands, Anne Bradford has spent six months developing the new product line and says...
Posted: 28 April 2023
Keep toastie with Groovy's range of licensed hot water bottles and eye masks. Super cute and fluffy Hedwig and Niffler (Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts) will keep your warm and snug. Harry Potter House Crests are also available, they make great Christmas gifts. Groovy UK design and manufacture many unique gift lines including, Bathrobes, Slippers, Lighting, Bags & Accessories. Licenses include Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts, DC Comics, Friends, Original Storm Trooper and many more. Exclusive ranges can be designed for the buyer that wants something a little different.
Posted: 6 March 2023
Scion is bubbling over with excitement to bring its fun-loving designs to a range of baby essentials with leading contemporary gift retailer, Enesco. Featuring a selection of products from bibs and blankets to toys and bunting, there's everything you need to surround your little one with love and joy. Scion brings its characteristic light-hearted touch to everything from pram organisers, nappy caddies and changing squares. There's even a little something to save for their futures, with loose change money boxes decorated with their favourite animal characters. Scion's Animal Magic and Tikku designs make a lively appearance across this range as all products coordinate perfectly with each other.
Posted: 27 February 2023
Carte Blanche Greetings, best known for the award-winning Me to You brand and its signature character Tatty Teddy and nursery property, Tiny Tatty Teddy, has announced a partnership with Bulldog Licensing, one of the licensing industry's leading agencies. The timeless appeal of Tatty Teddy now extends well beyond its original incarnation as a greeting card character to make it a staple part of the UK brand landscape, propelling Me to You as a true heritage brand with timeless appeal. Since 2001 Carte Blanche has partnered with best-in-class licensees to bring to market best-selling Me to You products across many categories including apparel, print on demand, food, gifting and nursery – within these key categories, the characters regularly feature amongst retail number one performers.
Posted: 20 February 2023
Rocket Licensing, which represents the phenomenally popular Fuzzballs property, is building on the successful consumer products offering for the award-winning property and has already announced the addition of a number of new partners to a fast-growing licensing campaign. One billion stickers used on social media underlines the reach of the brand that began life as a Tumblr web comic. The stories of the group of (kawaii) characters, staring a cat named Whisky, Timmy the Tiger, Ollie the bunny, and a host of friends inspired a major licensing push.
Posted: 17 February 2023