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Design ambiguity and a suitcase in point

How much protection do community design rights really provide, asks Stuart Whitwell

10 June 2014

Rob Law and his ride-on children’s suitcase, the Trunki, were rejected on BBC’s Dragon’s Den in 2006. Panellist Peter Jones claimed the design could be replicated in seven days. Law’s company, Magmatic, proved the panel wrong after seeing a turnover of £7m in 2013... until now.

Jones’ prophecy has come to fruition after the Trunki inventor lost a pivotal design infringement case in the Court of Appeal. Hong Kong-based PMS International (PMS), creators of Trunki-rival, the Kiddee Case, repealed a 2013 ruling that stated the company had breached Law...

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