29 July 2019
The overall UK market in counterfeit goods is estimated to be worth £9.3 billion. An ever increasing number of counterfeit goods are coming into the UK, largely arriving from countries such as China, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan and Turkey.
To address the growth in counterfeits and other forms of intellectual property (IP) crime, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) launched the IP Crime Group in 2004, to bring together all stakeholders, including government, with the intention of driving the creation of a national strategy for tackling IP crime. The group now publishes an annual IP and Enforcement Crime Report to highlight the current and emerging counterfeiting and piracy threats in the UK and overseas.
Phil Lewis, Director General ACG is a regular attendee at the IP Crime Group meetings and updates the group on the lobbying activities and collaborative enforcement initiatives of the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG).
Phil explained “IP Crime Group meetings are always helpful. They offer sheltered discussions and exchanges of ideas between attendees, many of which rarely have the opportunity to meet in such a strategic capacity.
“At this meeting there was a wide range of attendees from Government and industry, and a presentation by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Illicit Trade Task Force. I will be updating ACG members on progress and outcomes in due course.”
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.