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Latest News - 07/2017

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Dangerous counterfeit products continue to flood into the UK

31 July 2017

A dramatic rise in the number of goods seized by Customs in 2016 that were potentially dangerous, has resulted in serious questions being asked about whether the UK Government is ignoring the plight of innocent consumers by failing to prevent a tidal wave of counterfeit products from entering the country.

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Dentists warned not to purchase counterfeit dental equipment

31 July 2017

These warnings come after a recent GDC hearing found a dentist guilty of purchasing non-compliant and counterfeit dental equipment from an online auction website, resulting in the dentist’s registration being suspended for three months.

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PIPCU seize computer hardware worth hundreds of thousands of pounds

28 July 2017

The co-ordinated operation, involving PIPCU and IT networking company Cisco, resulted in two individuals being interviewed under caution and the investigation remains on going.

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Thornbury man pleads guilty in court to selling counterfeit goods

27 July 2017

Lee Allen, of Hay Fields in Thornbury, appeared before Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Friday, July 21 after being caught selling Beachbody branded fitness disc box sets and Adidas trainers online in 2013.

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Counterfeit trader prosecuted for selling fake Pandora bracelets, makeup, and tracksuits

25 July 2017

Christian Price, 20, pleaded guilty to nine charges at Newport Magistrates’ Court, after trading standards officers seized 100 fake items from him, with a street value of around £7,000.

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Fake products cost Europe 800,000 jobs each year

24 July 2017

The value of trade in counterfeit products worldwide vary between 600 billion euros (according to the UN) and close to 1 trillion euros (according to other international statistics).

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Merthyr's TS team continues to tackle counterfeit goods

22 July 2017

On the 12th July 2017 at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates Court Lynda Elliott of Hodges Street, Penydarren, Merthyr Tydfil pleaded guilty to offences under the Trade Marks Act, Hallmarking Act and safety offences under REACH regulations. These matters related to the sale of jewellery following an investigation carried out by Merthyr Tydfil Trading Standards Service.

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Sentence for shop owner who sold counterfeit cigarettes!

20 July 2017

Police and Darlington Borough Council’s Trading Standards officers seized the counterfeit products, as well as a large quantity of cash and a sales ledger found in a car owned by Mohamadi.

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Counterfeit vodka factory found in Liverpool

20 July 2017

The vodka, that could leave drinkers hospitalised or worse, was labelled inside the factory as No 01 Imperial Vodka Blue.

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Result! Sentence for market trader: Counterfeit Yankee candles

20 July 2017

Darren Briercliffe was caught selling the counterfeit versions of the popular brand at Walton Street Market.

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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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