14 March 2019
The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) received a huge welcome today from Newcastle when it held its first Intellectual Property (IP) Roadshow of the year, at Newcastle United’s football stadium.
There was an exhibition of more than 50 brands and over 95 delegates attended from the Police, Border Force, Trading Standards, HMRC, the Intellectual Property Office and Council departments from across the UK.
“This is one of the best attended Roadshows I’ve been to. I’ve spoken to law enforcement officers from all of the main agencies and they’ve been really interested in hearing about the problems we (the brands) face in trying to tackle counterfeiting. They’ve taken contact details to get in touch when they seize anything and they seem to have a better understanding of what we need them to look for” commented an ACG brand member.
Presentations during the day updated delegates on a range of topics; Lobbying activities, Legal and Case Management, Brexit and The Challenges IP Enforcement will be facing, enforcement collaboration as well as specific brand protection experiences. These were delivered by IP experts from the ACG, Chartered Trading Standards Institute, Crown Prosecution Service, IPO, National Trading Standards e-Crime Team and from brands; CHANEL, Bio-Oil and JML.
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.