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Which? Reports that Scams Rocket by 33% During Pandemic

23 July 2021

Which?, the UK’s major consumer champion, has released a worrying new report confirming how scams soared, between April 2020 and March 2021 and that UK consumers have suffered over £2 billion in losses.

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ACG Protecting Brands Online Roundtable with Coupang

20 July 2021

ACG members met with two team members from Coupang today for a roundtable discussion about their new and expanding Intellectual Property Team. Coupang is an e-commerce platform in South Korea, which has recently launched in Japan.

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Businessman was caught four times with hundreds of dangerous fake toys, including Peppa Pig and Minions dolls

07 July 2021

More than 1,100 items seized by trading standards from Baljit Singh Batra were either counterfeit or did not comply with safety regulations.

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Global Trade in Fakes: A Worrying Threat

30 June 2021

Phil Lewis ACG Director General comments on the OECD report that looks at the magnitude, value, scope and trends of global trade in counterfeit and pirated goods, also known as fakes.

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ACG celebrate British IP Day

29 June 2021

Today, Tuesday 29 June 2021 is British Intellectual Property (IP) Day, when we celebrate the immense contribution IP makes to the UK economy and society. Often overlooked IP is central to most industries and encourages innovation and creativity.

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Liverpool man jailed for selling counterfeit, unsafe products

22 June 2021

A Liverpool man has been jailed as part of an investigation into the supply of fake and unsafe toys. Suppliers to North Yorkshire amusement arcades have been sentenced after pleading guilty to selling and having in possession for distribution more than 240,000 counterfeit children’s products.

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Gloucester man who sold counterfeit car badges sentenced

19 June 2021

A Gloucester man who sold Chinese-made counterfeit car badges on the internet has been ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work. Gloucester Crown Court was told Wednesday (June 16) that Cezary Sobieszuk, 40, of Sapperton Road had initially run a legitimate business selling car parts and spares after discovering his BMW was worth more as spare parts than as a whole car.

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ACG Fireside Chat with Mike Roylance

18 June 2021

Today, Director General of the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) Phil Lewis was joined by a long-time colleague and friend Mike Roylance. ACG members and enforcement who have known Mike for years joined Phil for the fourth online fireside chat.

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Counterfeit goods worth over £3 million seized in Glasgow

17 June 2021

Trading Standards Scotland (TSS), assisted by Police Scotland, the Anti Counterfeiting Group (ACG) and brand representatives, have recovered a large quantity of counterfeit goods from a storage yard in the south of Glasgow, in an operation carried out on 15 June 2021.

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Counterfeit football shirts seized ahead of the start of Euro 2020

11 June 2021

Tens of thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit football shirts have been seized by officers from the City of London Police’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) just ahead of the start of the Euro 2020 football tournament.

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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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