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Latest News - 01/2018

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TED Talk: How fake handbags fund terrorism and organized crime

31 January 2018

What's the harm in buying a knock-off purse or a fake designer watch? According to counterfeit investigator Alastair Gray, fakes like these fund terrorism and organized crime. Learn more about the trillion-dollar underground economy of counterfeiting -- from the criminal organizations that run it to the child labor they use to produce its goods -- as well as measures you can take to help stop it. "Let's shine a light on the dark forces of counterfeiting that are hiding in plain sight," Gray says.

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Businessman jailed for three years for possession of an imitation firearm and selling counterfeit goods.

31 January 2018

A search of his home found counterfeit products imitating high-end brands such as Cartier, Mulberry and Gucci that he had been selling since around 2014.

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Company ordered to pay £37k for distributing counterfeit clothing from Hertfordshire warehouse

30 January 2018

Recorder Tipples QC ordered the confiscation of company cash and assets, totalling £37,338 which had been restrained by Hertfordshire Trading Standards, under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. She also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of over 10,000 units of clothing and footwear.

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Counterfeit goods seized in London's West End

29 January 2018

Westminster Trading Standards found hundreds of illegal knock-offs in London's West End, which retailers passed off as the real deal to unsuspecting buyers.

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Sentence for couple selling fake Batman and Superman clothes on Amazon

26 January 2018

The merchandise - that also infringed other trademarks belonging to Disney such as Mickey Mouse - prompted an investigation by Stockport council , police and US film studio Warner Brothers.

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Sentence for fraudster who tried to con retailer out of more than £4,000

24 January 2018

Phillips attempted to twice get refunds by sending back to retailers fake goods.

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Counterfeit benzodiazepines warning

24 January 2018

The number of deaths from sleeping pills has increased to more than one a week, figures showed, with 63 recorded in 2015.

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Counterfeit clothes seller from Newport forced to hand over goods worth more than £65,000

24 January 2018

Alireza Balmeh sold clothing purporting to be by major brands including Fred Perry, Hugo Boss and Calvin Klein, while trading as Yes Clearance from an address in Newport.

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Sentenced: Man who had 430 counterfeit items worth £40,000

23 January 2018

The fake goods included GHD straighteners, Rolex watches, Mac make-up, and Nike and Ralph Lauren clothing, and officers worked with the trademark holders to confirm the items were counterfeit.

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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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Membership with the ACG is the best way to work with government and enforcement bodies to protect your brand. Our Roadshows and training days help you reach out to police, trading standards and border force officers and tell them about your genuine products.

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