What Exactly does Reproduction Mean?
Reproduced furniture or lamps (replicas) are those that are identical to the originals, except the fact that they are made by a different manufacturer than the one who initially had the patent of the design. It is the same principle as the one you might be familiar with from the pharmaceutical industry, where the original invention of a product legally belongs to the patent-holding company. A patent is, however, always only given a number of years after which the product can be copied. This same principle applies regardless of many different domains including medicine, mechanical inventions, electronics and – designer furniture.
A Different Workshop - Same Design
The reproduced furniture and lighting are made by a different manufacturer than the original, but the drawings and objectives of the original designer are followed down to the very last detail. Thus, for the end result, it is not essential in which workshop certain piece is produced, but rather the details, objectives and materials which create the perfectly balanced expression and seating comfort. For example, our Egg Chair is made precisely in line with Arne Jacobsen’s original drawings and you can choose between different variants of high-quality upholstery.
The same applies to the Wishbone Chair, to mention another example. Our version is carefully built by specialized cabinetmakers, following Wegner’s original design, goals and techniques down to the smallest detail. Our choice of available materials also corresponds to the original ones. Thus, by buying a replica, you can get a chair or a lamp that is identical to the original, but at a lower price, since you do not have to pay for the name of the original patent holder.
Reproduction – The Legal Side
122 Design is an Irish company that is subject to the Irish Patents Act. According to the Irish patent laws, specifically, Section 78B of Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000, it is legal to reproduce and sell furniture 25 years after the original launch. This is exactly what we do. 122 Design is subject to the Irish legislation and is fully in accordance with the applicable laws. So, you can legally buy furniture from us. If you want more information, we refer you to the Irish Statute Book, more specifically, Section 78B of 'Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000'. 'Transitional provisions for the Repeal of Section 52' of 'Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
Ordering our Products outside Ireland
If you live in an EU or EEA country (European Economic Area), i.e. EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway, it is still legal to buy and import any of our products from Ireland. This applies regardless of whether the copyright law of the country you live in differs from the Irish law. This is because you do not violate any laws in your own country regarding individual patent rules when buying from another EU/EEA (European Economic Area) country and comply with the relevant legislation of that country. Or in other words: There is free movement within the EU and you are legally equal to other EU citizens, including of course the Irish. This is why other EU nationals are free to come to the UK and work. And it is for example also the reason why you do not have to pay VAT, e.g. if you buy clothes or cosmetics from another EU country - as is otherwise the case from the United States, which is not an EU country. The Copyright Act in Ireland is 25 years, and all our furniture were originally designed more than 25 years ago. However, if you notice dealers in countries like Denmark or Norway, selling reproduced furniture, it is a different situation. Because they will, with a registration address there, of course, be subject to the Scandinavian copyright law that applies for a longer period.
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