Liveryman Nick Kounoupias has been recognised by the Alliance for Intellectual Property as the joint 2021 British IP champion.
Nick, who is Anti Copying in Design’s (ACID) chief counsel and IP director, has worked in the world of intellectual property for three decades. Some of his accomplishments during this time include helping draft the Copyright and Trade Mark (Offences and Enforcement) Act 2002 and driving the formation of the UK IP Crime Group.
Commenting on the award, Nick said: “IP has been my passion since the early 1980s when I was taught it by the wonderful Professor Jeremy Phillips. Since then, I have been honoured to have been entrusted by designers, songwriters, authors, brand owners, inventors and many others to protect their IP children. And along this journey I have met many others who have been equally passionate about protecting IP, none more so than ACID’s CEO Dids Macdonald. It is truly humbling to receive an award for doing what I love from my peers. Thank you to the Alliance for this award. I will treasure it.”
Dids Macdonald, OBE, CEO of ACID, said: “Nothing could make me more proud that Nick’s work has been rewarded in this way. He is a true IP champion in every sense. UK designers are very fortunate to have him battling on their sides for much needed design law reform”.
Nick shares the 2021 accolade with Geoff Taylor, CEO of the BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) Ltd.