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23 March 2021
When a new product is launched, brands take product safety very seriously and invest a lot of time and money to ensure it is safe and won't cause harm. Without doubt, consumers look for safety in products to ensure their wellbeing. Whether it is a baby carrier to cradle and protect a young child, or an airbag to provide a soft cushion and restraint for those inside a car in the event of a crash.
19 March 2021
Today the Anti-Counterfeiting Group hosted its third online fireside chat. This time with retired Professional Lead at Powys Trading Standards, Clive Jones and was a great way to finish off a busy week. Clive, who has spent most of his time trying to combat illicit crime, reminisced about his career working at Powys County Council Trading Standards.
08 March 2021
From tearing apart families to crippling friendships, jobs, education and people’s mental health, the harmful toll of the Covid-19 virus on lives and livelihoods cannot be overstated. And yet, despite the hardships, counterfeit criminal gangs are seeking to capitalise on the challenging situation; exploiting the changing needs and habits of locked-down shoppers and diverting vital funds away from legitimate businesses at a time they need it most.
26 February 2021
Despicable criminal counterfeiters are now threating the safety of new-born babies and toddlers and that’s why ACG welcomes the news that the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has launched a major investigation into counterfeit baby carriers being sold on eBay. The baby carrier in question is the ‘Ergobaby Omni 360’ and PIPCU is asking anyone who has recently purchased one of these but not from the company’s official website, to get in touch as quickly as possible.
30 October 2020
Read ACG's Director General, Phil Lewis's blog for his views on how criminals will exploit this opportunity and put consumers at risk.
27 October 2020
The BBC Defenders UK team filmed a targeted operation in Birmingham where ACG’s Intelligence Coordinator, Graham Mogg along with Officers from West Midlands Regional Police Organised Crime Unit (WMROCU) and Birmingham Trading Standards. The operation saw two raids being undertaken at an industrial site linked to counterfeiting activity and the home address of a suspected counterfeit goods supplier.
12 October 2020
On Saturday 3 October, the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) and brand representatives along with Hertfordshire Trading Standards, National Markets Group for IP Protection (NMG) and Hertfordshire Constabulary raided Bovingdon market, known for intellectual property infringement.
20 July 2020
By the end of this series of seven Border Force Officer training events, 49 ACG member brands will have spoken directly to Border Force Officers. At each event, seven different ACG brand members have provided updates and shared information to help officers detain counterfeit goods entering the country.
02 April 2020
The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) and the Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT), are urging consumers to take seriously the risks presented by the growing numbers of fake and ineffective cleaning solutions, anti-bacterial wipes, surgical masks and medicines being sold during the coronavirus pandemic.
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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.