20 October 2017
Brand protection experts from SKY UK Ltd, Canon Europe Ltd, Michael Kors and Richemont International Ltd spoke at the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) Annual Conference yesterday.
On Thursday 19 October, ACG hosted its annual conference, with more than 100 delegates attending the event, at the Hilton London Kensington Hotel. The conference looked at the key strategic issues facing intellectual property (IP) professionals as they deliver impact and value in brand protection, both online and physical. It also examined the need for better strategic thinking and improved business plans to encourage managers to aim higher.
Ros Lynch of the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) explained the role of IP enforcement in the IPO and how it is increasing awareness, education and building respect for IP.
IP enforcement and the internet is a special interest of Erling Vestergaard, from the European IPO (EUIPO) Observatory. He praised enforcement and legislation in the UK, but highlighted the need for a deeper understanding and use of technical solutions and developments, in order to move forward in tackling IP rights infringements.
The recently published report on Trade in Counterfeit Products and the UK Economy was explored in more detail by Piotr Stryszowski from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The data clearly showed the value of imports of fake goods in the UK accounted for £9.3 million in 2013 and 4% of UK imports are fake goods, which is above the world 2.5% average.
Susan Wilson US IP Attaché to the European Union (EU) called upon the audience for better thinking, better communications, better collaboration, better partnerships and better private sector relationships.
Other speakers included: Alison Statham and Graham Mogg, ACG; Janet Shaw, Manchester City Council; Jeffery Hardy, Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT); Sheila Henderson, Richemont International Ltd; Mark Paton, Canon Europe; Graham Clemence, Alibaba Group; Tim Smith, Rouse consultancy; Chloe Long, Michael Kors; Phillip Davies, SKY UK Ltd; and Xuemei Bian, University of Kent.
“The 2017 Annual Conference was really good… Great speakers, really interesting topics and lots of interaction” commented an ACG brand protection member.
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.