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Latest News - 03/2016

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Largest ever seizures of counterfeit food & drink by Europol-Interpol

30 March 2016

30.03.16 - Operation Opson V, resulted in seizures ranging from nearly nine tonnes of counterfeit sugar contaminated with fertilizer in Khartoum, Sudan to Italian officers recovering more than 85 tonnes of olives which had been ‘painted’ with copper sulphate solutions to enhance their colour.

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Market trader who sold counterfeit clothing ordered to pay £520

25 March 2016

25.03.16 - Bharat Rawji (55) of Melrose Street, off Catherine Street, Leicester, sold items featuring the bogus trademarks of well-known brands Superdry and Hugo Boss on his stall in the city, Leicester Magistrates' Court heard.

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Rogue shopkeeper told to pay £45k or face prison for selling counterfeit tobacco

25 March 2016

25.03.16 - An undercover officer from Blackpool Council’s Trading Standards department had bought some rolling tobacco at the half price of legitimate tobacco.

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More counterfeit alcohol seized in Hertford

24 March 2016

24.03.16 - Counterfeit alcohol that can induce comas and cause lifelong blindness continues to riddle off-licence shelves.

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Today OHIM becomes the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)

23 March 2016

23.03.16 - As of today, 23 March, the Office's name has changed to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). The name of the unitary trade mark administered by the Office has changed to the European Union trade mark. These changes took effect upon the entry into force of Regulation (EU) 2015/2424.

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Counterfeit watch sellers target Exeter once again

23 March 2016

23.03.16 - Police received a call on March 18 to say that a male was acting suspiciously near to the St Thomas precinct, stopping members of the public to ask if they wanted to buy a watch.

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Food Crime Annual Strategic Assessment 2016

23 March 2016

23.03.16 - Food-related criminality affecting the UK is being addressed by two food crime units (the Units) with a shared vision, deep collaboration and a clear commitment to consumer protection.

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Tens of thousands of suspected illegal counterfeit cigarettes seized

22 March 2016

22.03.16 - Warwickshire County Council Trading Standars officers accompanied by Warwickshire Police and Immigration Officers used sniffer dogs to find more than 38,0000 suspected illegal cigarettes behind walls, in ceilings, toilets and fridges at stores in Leamington, Rugby, Nuneaton and Atherstone.

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MP's warning on counterfeit goods after Swansea woman's death

22 March 2016

22.03.16 - A Swansea woman died in a fire caused by a faulty air purifier imported from China, an MP has told the House of Commons.

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Stay safe and & avoid counterfeit goods this bank holiday

22 March 2016

22.03.16 - Counterfeit goods are shoddy imitations that will leave people out of pocket and could cause serious harm. Fake electrical goods are hazardous as they can cause fires and electrocution. Harmful substances such as high lead levels in perfume are a risk with counterfeit cosmetics.

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About ACG

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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