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TED Talk: How fake handbags fund terrorism and organized crime

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.

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Warning issued to Christmas shoppers over 'fake goods'

30 November 2017

North East Lincolnshire Council's Trading Standards officers issued the warning ahead of the festive period following a productive year spent seizing hauls of counterfeit goods including mugs, lighters, keyrings, clothing and perfume.

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How to spot fake electrical goods this Black Friday

16 November 2017

Firefighters are warning consumers to shop carefully on Black Friday (November 24) and avoid fake electrical products as they present a serious fire risk. Research carried out by the charity Electrical Safety First revealed that an estimated nine million UK consumers have purchased a fake electrical product as a Christmas gift in the past.

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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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Counterfeit cigarettes and alcohol seized from Ealing shops

20 September 2017

Thousands of pounds of dodgy goods have been seized in raids in Southall and Greenford.

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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 mobile phone accessories and E Liquids seized in Southall

19 September 2017

Officers seized approx 1,839 mobile phone items, worth an estimated £24,640, including Samsung covers and headphones, Apple Ear Pods and Nokia phones.

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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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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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