Protecting design innovation 07 May 2024

UK fastener and fixing supplier for the construction industry, Aptus, has become a signatory of the Anti-Copying in Design (ACID) IP Charter, to make a stand to protect original and innovative product design in the face of illicit copying. 

Aptus Fastener Systems Ltd has helped pioneer a number of advanced products over its 30 year history including its timberfix® 360 and pro-struct® screws that employ proprietary design features and deliver major benefits in areas such as speed, ease of use, durability and fixing performance. However, the company’s success also means it is occasionally copied, making it important that users have the reassurance of knowing they are benefiting from the ‘real deal’ and not an inferior imitation. 

Stewart Taylor, managing director at Aptus, explains: “Signing up to the ACID IP Charter reflects that commitment to authenticity and demonstrates our support of the need to protect intellectual property and prevent design theft. We are aware of instances where screws have been marketed and sold as being part of the timberfix® 360 range, when they’re not.” 

He adds: “Whilst imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, we are concerned about the possibility of users being misled. By becoming a signatory of the ACID IP Charter, we hope to combat that.”

For almost 25 years, ACID has been a positive force for change, working to raise awareness and to encourage respect for intellectual property amongst both individuals and organisations. The ACID IP Charter is a code of conduct and a statement of intent. Its signatories agree to uphold the values of ACID, to advocate product design originality, and to avoid practices, such as copying and IP infringement.  

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Claire Aldridge Deputy Editor t: +44 (0) 1727 743 889


Having spent a decade in the fastener industry experiencing every facet – from steel mills, fastener manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, as well as machinery builders and plating + coating companies, Claire has developed an in-depth knowledge of all things fasteners.

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