21 August 2019
The extraordinary commitment by the West Yorkshire Trading Standards team was marked yesterday with the presentation of an ACG Highly Commended Award for Excellence in Anti-Counterfeiting Enforcement.
West Yorkshire Trading Standards took on a case which became a 2-year investigation into an industrial-scale, screen printing operation. The registered trademarks of leading music artists, bands and sports teams were being illegally printed onto clothing and distributed globally via eBay and Amazon. Over a ten year period this online business generated counterfeit sales of nearly £0.5 million.
Phil Lewis, ACG Director General said: “Congratulations to the team. This award was presented on behalf of our members to thank you for your hard work in this particular investigation but more importantly to honour everything you do to protect businesses and consumers.”
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.