Lobbying is a very important part of ACG's remit, representing members' interests in discussion with relevant officials. IP crime falls across several different government departments, notably:
- Dept for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) where the Intellectual Property Office now sits
- The Treasury (HM Revenue & Customs, UK Border Force — jointly with Home Office)
- Dept for Communities & Local Government — (trading standards services funding and priorities)
- Home Office (National Crime Agency, Cybercrime, Organised Crime, UKBF with Treasury)
- Dept for Culture, Media & Sport (copyright)
- Dept of Constitutional Affairs & Ministry of Justice
It is essential to encourage more awareness and joined-up working across these different ministries that counterfeiting is a serious organised crime, linking to many other crimes which are already recognised as a threat.
Wherever possible, ACG partners with other rights organisations and sometimes also with individual ACG members on particular issues. This minimises duplication and fulfils government's wish to hear one voice.
Primarily through our membership of the Alliance for Intellectual Property, ACG is well–placed in the UK to influence lobbying strategy and attend all relevant meetings with Ministers, local government and senior law enforcement, to promote the value of IP, the harm caused by IP crime and the importance of effective IPR enforcement.
The All–Party Parliamentary Intellectual Property (IP) Group was launched in 2003. It provides briefings and information for Parliamentarians wishing to protect their constituents, businesses in their areas and the UK's growth and creativity. Luther Pendragon provides administrative support to the Group on behalf of the Alliance.
ACG also contributes to relevant written consultations, and associated meetings, which can range from regulatory issues for local authorities through to European Directives. In the EU, ACG partners with the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee of the European Brands Association (AIM) in Brussels.
As Ministers and governments come and go, stamina and focus are key, as are good relations with the civil servants, to maintain the momentum and priority for IPR enforcement on the political and administrative agendas.