London Design Festival 2020 - Is being copied ever good news?

4 minute read
25 August 2020

This is our eighth consecutive year of being a London Design Festival partner and we're excited to host this year's event virtually via webinar.

"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness". That was Oscar Wilde's view, but for designers, being ripped off risks being very harmful indeed. When does 'taking inspiration' cross the line?

As part of London Design Festival 2020, our Head of Brands and Designs John Coldham (Gowling WLG) will be hosting a panel with leaders of design-led businesses, John Ayton MBE (Annoushka), Martin Darbyshire (tangerine) and Sam Jacob (Sam Jacob Studio), to discuss how designers can use intellectual property to help the business side of design.


The webinar will take place on Wednesday, 16th September 2020 at 11:00am and you can register here.

Designs for Life

This webinar offers a great opportunity to hear from a number of leading designers, with different types of experience, about how protecting innovation is a crucial part in the business side of design.

For more information on this, visit our Designs for Life page, which includes our essential guide to design law. Made for designers, the three-part guide explores the key considerations in the design, protection and enforcement process.

London Design Festival Podcasts

Below are useful podcasts from our previous London Design Festival panels that provide information and advice

If you have any queries in relation to this event then please do not hesitate to contact Lucy Strong, Senior Events Executive at

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