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31 January 2018
What's the harm in buying a knock-off purse or a fake designer watch? According to counterfeit investigator Alastair Gray, fakes like these fund terrorism and organized crime. Learn more about the trillion-dollar underground economy of counterfeiting -- from the criminal organizations that run it to the child labor they use to produce its goods -- as well as measures you can take to help stop it. "Let's shine a light on the dark forces of counterfeiting that are hiding in plain sight," Gray says.
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.
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
31 July 2017
These warnings come after a recent GDC hearing found a dentist guilty of purchasing non-compliant and counterfeit dental equipment from an online auction website, resulting in the dentist’s registration being suspended for three months.
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.
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.
30 November 2016
30.11.16- Leaders from global shipping firms, freight forwarders, brand owners - whose products are counterfeited - and industry organisations representing both industries signed a joint " Declaration of Intent to Prevent the Maritime Transport of Counterfeit Goods " today in Brussels. It marks the first time the global shipping industry and brand owners have made a public commitment to work together to stop the transport of counterfeit goods on shipping vessels.
22 November 2016
22.11.16 - The rise of online shopping has bolstered the counterfeit economy, with UK consumers now twice as likely to see fakes on sale online as they were a year ago, according to new data released by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr) and online brand specialist NetNames.
23 September 2016
23.09.16 - Customs authorities across the EU seized an estimated five million more counterfeit items in 2015 than the previous year, according to new figures released today by the European Commission. This means that the number of intercepted goods grew by 15% compared to 2014. More than 40 million products suspected of violating an intellectual property right were detained at the EU's external borders, with a value of nearly €650 million.
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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.