Winners of “Hands off my Design” competition announced

The winners of “Hands off my Design” competition, organized in the autumn 2011 by the EU agency OHIM and endorsed by the Cumulus Association, were announced on February 1, 2012 during an award-giving ceremony in Brussels, Belgium.

Almost 60 students and professional designers put forward proposals to an independent jury.

In both categories, the posters and videos submitted highlighted the implications of counterfeiting and piracy on Europe’s economy and society.

The award ceremony was held in the European Parliament with the participation of Mr Christian Guellerin , President of Cumulus who talked about Cumulus and handed over prizes to the winners, accompanied by the Members of the European Parliament active in the fight against counterfeits and piracy, Mr Michel Barnier, Internal Market and Services Commissioner and Mr António Campinos, President of OHIM.

The prizes awarded by the jury in each category were € 8,000 (1st prize), € 2,500 (2nd prize) and € 1,500 (3rd prize).

The winners in the category of design students were:

1st Prize: Julien Moreau, from the ECV Atlantique School in France
2nd Prize: Nejc Levstik, from the Academy of theater, radio, film and television in Slovenia
3rd Prize: Lauri Särak, Daniel Levi Viinalass and Elmo Soomets, from the Tartu Art College in Estonia

In the category of professional designers:

1st Prize: Gergely Sz’nyi and Tamás Helényi, Hungary
2nd Prize: Christoph Brehme, Italy
3rd Prize: Dimitris Haidas, Greece

More information about the competition and the winner videos can be found at www.handsoffmydesign.com – an e-learning site about IP for designers developed by OHIM in close cooperation with the Cumulus Association.

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