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New campaign warns ‘there’s more at stake when it’s a fake’

25 September 2017

The campaign highlights the many consequences of buying counterfeit goods online. One of the main consequences of buying counterfeit goods on websites, social media and online is identity crime. When buying items, people will part with personal details such as their address and financial information which allows fraudsters to set-up new websites selling counterfeit goods in their name.

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Identity stolen after buying counterfeit shoes

24 September 2017

Emily's identity was stolen and fake websites were set up in her name to sell more counterfeit goods after she bought shoes.

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Intellectual Property Crime on the Darknet

20 September 2017

Intellectual Property (IP) crime is committed when someone uses an intellectual property right without the authorisation of its owner. Counterfeiting and piracy are terms used to describe a range of illicit activities related to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) infringement. Most counterfeit goods infringe a trademark, which means that a good is produced without the authorisation of its rights holder. Piracy refers to the illegal use of literary and artistic works protected by copyrights. Organised Crime Groups (OCGs) are increasingly involved in the violation of IPR

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Counterfeit Goods Seller Jailed

09 August 2017

Paul Bow and Daniel Bow of William Street, Merthyr Tydfil pleaded guilty to offences under the Trade Marks Act. These matters related to the sale of counterfeit goods following an investigation carried out by Merthyr Tydfil Trading Standards Service.

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Intellectual Property Perception - 2017 Survey - EUIPO

23 March 2017

23.03.17 - How do EU citizens perceive intellectual property? To what degree do they respect intellectual property rights? How does their perception change based on how old they are or where they live? Through a series of in-depth studies, EUIPO has carried out the first EU-wide assessment of citizen perception of IP, and the relevant drivers of consumer behaviours.

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Call to stamp out sale of counterfeit goods on social media sites

09 March 2017

09.03.17 - A whistleblower wants authorities to stamp out sales of illegal cigarettes, booze and fake designer brands on social media in Spalding.

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Public warned to be wary of counterfeit electrical goods

05 January 2017

05.01.17 - TRADING standards officers have issued a timely warning to members of the public to stay vigilant for dodgy devices and chargers. With countless mobile phones, tablets and games consoles given as gifts or snapped up in the festive sales, many households across Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire will have new electrical items.

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Fake goods seized before sale on social media

28 December 2016

28.12.16 - Sales shoppers are being warned to be on alert after fake goods being sold by traders using Facebook and Instagram were seized during a series of raids.

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Two Burton shopkeepers have licences suspended over counterfeit goods

26 December 2016

26.12.16 - Jagpal's Food Store and O'Satsuma have both received temporary suspensions, after their premises were raided by Trading Standards inspectors, who found counterfeit alcohol on Jaqpal's premises and counterfeit tobacco on O'Satsuma's premises, during the inspections.

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About ACG

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.

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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.

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