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Hi, Thank you for your question and welcome. My name is ***** ***** I will assist you. Have they sent a letter from a lawyer demanding you cease and desist? Kind regards AJ
Hi, Thank you. Potentially you have a copyright over this as an unregistered design right. You would not be able to get a patent on this as it is not an invention it is just a novel of storing vinyls. Making spurious copyright claims is not permitted under UK law. I would right back to them and explain you have prior goodwill and trading history in this item, you can prove you designed the product yourself it is an original design and was not copied. Say that if he continues to harass you or make unfounded threats you will pursue him for the cost of obtaining legal advice in defending yourself. I would then provide a chronology of when you started selling it to prove that it is an original idea. Kind regards AJ
Hi, Thank you. Is the other party selling the item in the UK? Kind regards AJ
Hi, Thank you. If you want to commence this as a commercial enterprise I would not let these people bully and intimidate you. If they would wanted to sue you, they would have to do so in the UK which would be an expensive exercise for them without guarantee of success. I would stand your ground and say if anything they have infringed your unregistered design right and if they do not leave the UK market you reserve the right to sue them.
Hi, Thank you. I am not sure how it works in the USA, but in England this would not be protect able as a patent and as a general rule copyright subsists automatically and does not get registered. The only copy right that can be registered is a "registered design right" - you could try and register your idea here - https://www.gov.uk/register-a-design/check-if-you-can-register-your-design . Kind regards AJ