15 March 2019
No single organisation can beat counterfeiting on its own and Brexit is going to challenge those cross-border partnerships: Director General for the Anti-Counterfeiting Group's call as he publishes the ACG Annual Report 2018
Phil Lewis, Director General at the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) today called on Government to recognise international alliances and protect them post Brexit, so these global networks can continue to make the right decisions about protecting consumers and priceless business assets.
On the day of the publication of the 2018 Annual Report for ACG, Phil explained:
“Despite the political unrest and the anguishing time that the Brexit negotiations have brought for all sides of the debate, ACG has continued to establish ourselves as a national and international hub for a network of bodies engaged combating the escalating threat of counterfeiting.
“This annual report is particularly satisfying, as throughout the year, we have collaborated with a growing range of political, regulatory and enforcement partners, within the UK, the EU and on the international stage. Importantly, we have taken a leading role in offering policy and regulatory advice and in facilitating intelligence led actions against notorious markets and online sellers.
“Our members are determined to help ensure the joint safety and security of business and consumers and we will continue to do our utmost to preserve relations and build even more effective levels of communication and collaboration.”
The Annual Report highlights the main areas of work for ACG over the last twelve months involving engagement, influencing and persuading, enforcing and raising awareness.
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.
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.