17 March 2017
Alison Statham, Director General at the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) took part in a roundtable discussion with Jo Johnson last week. Mr Johnson, the new Minister for Intellectual Property (IP) was keen to hear from leading associations, like ACG on; issues and concerns about the UK leaving the European Union (EU), IP enforcement and other IP related topics.
Alison explained that the ACG is currently reviewing more than 300 pieces of EU legislation that impact its member brands and would be meeting with the IPO to input ACG policy requirements later this year. She also highlighted the importance of continued cross border cooperation and stressed that UK borders must be secured against counterfeit goods.
In addition, Mr Jonson was made aware of ACG’s continuing concern around enforcement funding and priorities. The impact of local authority funding cuts on trading standards’ services has been exposed in the recent National Audit Office report.
Mr Johnson concluded the meeting by thanking everyone for their contributions and stressed he was always available to speak about any particular issues. The ACG will be taking Mr Johnson up on his ‘open door’ offer.
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.