20 April 2021
Today, the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) hosted a seminar to focus on border protection in Spain, Italy and the UK. This seminar was in partnership with ANDEMA and INDICAM, fellow anti-counterfeiting groups of Spain and Italy.
Phil Lewis, ACG Director General moderated the event which started with an informative panel that was represented by the Head of Customs Investigations and the Head of Anti-Fraud and Intelligence from Italian Customs, the Head of Security and Safety Area from Spanish Customs and the Senior Detection Manager and Higher Executive Officer for UK Border Force, who all gave attendees an interesting insight into customs and border protection in all three countries.
Later, a second panel called on legal experts to provide insights on the criminal and civil perspectives of intellectual property (IP) enforcement, involving Angel Escoriaza from Grau and Angulo, Giovanni Casucci from Dentons and Andrew Stone from Clarke Wilmott LLP.
Three case studies were presented by representatives from Procter and Gamble, HP Inc. UK Ltd and FILA. The case studies showed large-scale counterfeit issues and the successes achieved in tackling the criminals, through collaboration with partner agencies.
The Director Generals of the ACG, AMDEMA and INDICAM where given the floor to set the scene for counterfeiting within their respected countries, what they do as an organisation to stop fakes entering their countries and the challenges faced daily in trying to stop the sale of counterfeit goods.
ACG plan to continue this series of ACG Border Enforcement Seminars, spotlighting other countries customs’ procedures and legal requirements in order to support brand owners in protecting their IP rights. If you are interested in joining us, keep checking the events page for more information.
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.