26 June 2019
British Intellectual Property Day is on Wednesday 26 June this year. This is an opportunity to celebrate the contribution intellectual property makes to the UK economy.
Intellectual property (IP) involves ideas and inventions, artistic and literary works, designs and symbols, names and images. It’s important that before any innovative and creative output is marketed it is protected in law, through a trademark, patent and/or copyright.
Despite this level of protection brands, which play a key role in encouraging innovation and creativity, still face constant challenges from counterfeiters. Luxury goods, fashion, sportswear, watches, sunglasses and other apparel have always been prime targets for counterfeiters but all market sectors are affected. Counterfeiting costs the UK economy millions in jobs and lost revenue. This not only impacts on our economic recovery but also deprives the country of money for crucial public services.
Look out for different events that are happening across the UK today. In London, ACG is holding a joint workshop with ACACAP to investigate the issues UK businesses face from counterfeiters in Asia.
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.