15 October 2016
The Anti-Counterfeiting Group hostied its annual intellectual property (IP) conference in London on Thursday 13 October and attracted IP experts from around the world.
Rights holders, enforcement professionals and brand protection specialists attended the event, to hear from key speakers focused on; the multi-dimensional threats surrounding IP, and creative and collaborative approaches to tackling this insidious crime.
Baroness Neville Rolfe, Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property was the conference keynote speaker and she was joined by presenters known for their work in trying to protect business and consumers from counterfeit products.
Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property, said:
"The partnership between Government, law enforcement, and business has had a major impact on IP crime. Together we will continue to track down and dismantle criminal organisations and networks that profit illegally from the hard work of others.
"IP crime hurts consumers and businesses alike so I am fully supportive of the important work of the Anti-Counterfeiting Group helping businesses large and small tackle this issue. IP criminals across the country are already finding out how effective our collective efforts can be."
Alison Statham, ACG’s Director of Operations commented,“We were delighted to welcome so many intellectual property professionals at the Conference. Everyone attending knows all too well that the sale of illicit counterfeit goods is increasing year-on-year and that the rise in online activity is fueling that growth.
“It’s important that we come together to tackle these issues and learn best practice. Counterfeiting is a lucrative and extremely dangerous criminal activity and ACG is working with its members, the UK Government and law enforcement agencies to help shape effective deterrents and raise 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.