The Danish Maritime and Commercial Court has sentenced two UK-based replica furniture companies for selling copies of Danish design furniture and lamps in the Danish market. The two companies Interior Addict and Nlini Interiors were sentenced to pay 200,000 DKK in compensation to each of five Danish producers of original design products. The companies in question are furniture manufacturers Fritz Hansen, Carl Hansen & Søn, Fredericia Furniture and Erik Jørgensen, and lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen.
The sentence states that it is the Danish copyright rules, having a design protection period of 70 years, which are applicable when one wants to sell counterfeit products at the Danish market. The two British firms have sold their copies for between one-third and one-tenth of the price of the original products, but this has now been halted.
The CEO of the trade association Danish Wood and Furniture Industry, Flemming Larsen, expresses his joy at the verdict. He now hopes that the UK authorities will accelerate the implementation of the new British design protection law that increases the protection period from the current 25 years to 70 years, which are in force over almost the entire EU.
One of the offended Danish companies, Carl Hansen & Søn, is particularly pleased that the judgment removes a lot of replica furniture of poor quality from the market. The bad copies undermines namely the confidence in the original products.