Legal battle over bondage frame

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A designer and an engineer have been embroiled in a legal row about design rights to a frame and sling for use during sex involving bondage.

Designer Uwe Haiss and engineer Derek Ball aired their dispute before a judge in a specialist patents court in London.


Mr Haiss - a director of Uwug Ltd - claimed that Mr Ball, a mechanical engineer who carries out testing on airliners and owns a firm which produces metalwork for the fetish industry, breached registered design rights. Mr Ball disputed the claim.

Recorder Amanda Michaels concluded that Mr Ball infringed a design right to the frame but not to the sling. She did not analyse any issue relating to damages.

Detail of the dispute emerged in the judge's ruling, which has been published on a legal website.

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