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Latest News - 12/2015

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Fife counterfeit sellers sentenced

17 December 2015

17.12.15 - A Glenrothes couple who pled guilty to charges under the Trade Marks Act 1994 were both ordered by Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court to undertake 140 hours of community payback to be completed within 12 months.

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4 sentenced over “major operation” to sell counterfeit goods at Staffordshire markets

17 December 2015

17.12.15 - Staffordshire County Council's trading standards team led a regional investigation following an initial discovery of fake goods at a car boot sale in Lichfield. Further information led them to a secure storage unit in Birmingham in December 2013 where a £1.5m haul of counterfeit goods was found.

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Facebook counterfeit goods seller fined

17 December 2015

17.12.15 - A Yapton woman who sold fake branded goods on Facebook has been ordered to pay costs and fines totalling more than £2,700.

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Parents warned to avoid counterfeit popular Christmas toys linked to cancer and infertility toxins

17 December 2015

17.12.15 - Counterfeiters are using Christmas to push toys that contain up to 18 times the amount of recommended chemicals, it has been found.

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On trail of traders aiming to make €150m from counterfeit goods

15 December 2015

15.12.15 - Garda, Revenue and Customs target criminals in ‘Christmas rush’ of counterfeit items.

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Three shop owners prosecuted for selling illicit tobacco and counterfeit cigarettes

15 December 2015

15.12.15 - North Lincolnshire Council’s Trading Standards Team and Humberside Police carried out raids on three shops on Frodingham Road in Scunthorpe in September 2014 where they found illicit tobacco and counterfeit cigarettes.

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Seized counterfeit alcohol made into electricity

15 December 2015

15.12.15 - Counterfeit alcohol seized by Lincolnshire Trading Standards and Lincolnshire Police from shops across the county, is being recycled and made into electricity.

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Last minute present Buying? Don’t be caught by Christmas Counterfeits

14 December 2015

14.12.15 - Internal wiring and fusing in counterfeit branded hair dryers was so cheap that in tests, the product overheated. Fake electrical items often don’t have a thermal cut off, so when they over heat they catch fire. This happened in our tests.

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The economic cost of IPR infringement in the toys and games sector

14 December 2015

14.12.15 - The economic cost of IPR infringement in the toys and games sector study looks into direct and indirect industry revenue losses and job losses due to the presence of counterfeit products, as well as their impact on public finance.

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ACG represents more than 3,000 brands affected by this influx of fakes into the UK and delivers an international network of information, advice and contacts on all aspects of IP protection. Working with Government and law enforcement agencies since 1980, ACG is focused on providing an effective and sustained response to counterfeiting.

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