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ACG Launch 2016 Manifesto

05 July 2016

The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) today announced the launch of its 2016 Manifesto. The Manifesto delivers a tool that outlines the calls for action from the government ACG consider necessary to establish a more effective response to intellectual property (IP) crime.

The UK Government has estimated it loses £1.3 billion in unpaid tax from the sale of counterfeit goods and that figure is growing. In fact, over the last five years the value of trade in counterfeit goods worldwide has increased by more than 80%, topping half a trillion dollars a year.

The ACG Manifesto calls on government to: place IP crime as an immediate political priority, with sufficient resource to properly enforce laws designed to protect businesses and consumers; develop a national, multi-partner IP enforcement body, that encourages collaboration and focuses equally on online and physical environments; and work with business to promote awareness of the dangers and ultimate cost of counterfeiting. 

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.  

“Government must openly recognise counterfeiting as a lucrative and extremely dangerous criminal activity. It’s not only luxury brands; it's affecting practically every product on the market today. The sale of illicit counterfeit goods has increased year-on-year, driven primarily by the rise in online marketing activities. Consumers are unwittingly purchasing counterfeit goods that are often sub-standard quality and put the public’s health and safety at risk. The UK Government and law enforcement agencies need to work collaboratively with ACG and its members, to shape a more effective deterrent to counterfeiting.” commented Alison Statham, ACG’s Director of Operations.

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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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