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M&S hits back at Aldi's Cuthbert the Caterpillar cake revival

21 April 2021

Last week, M&S lodged an intellectual property claim with the High Court against Aldi and its Caterpillar cake. The retailer has three trademarks relating to Colin the Caterpillar, which it believes means Colin has acquired and retains an enhanced distinctive character.

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ACG host third Border Enforcement Seminar

20 April 2021

Today, the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) hosted a seminar to focus on border protection in Spain, Italy and the UK. This seminar was in partnership with ANDEMA and INDICAM, fellow anti-counterfeiting groups of Spain and Italy.

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Save The Date: World Intellectual Property Day on 26 April

19 April 2021

This year World Intellectual Property (IP) Day is on Monday 26 April. The ACG celebrate the event every year because it recognises the role intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity.

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Tonnes of suspected counterfeit clothes and electronic devices seized in Southall

17 April 2021

Met officers have seized £2.5 million worth of suspected counterfeit clothes and electronic devices after they opened up 22 shipping containers in Ealing. Following information received by Trading Standards of counterfeit goods being stored at an address in Enterprise Way in Southall, warrants were executed on the morning of Thursday, 15 April

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Social media: Operation CLOVER takes down prolific traders in counterfeit goods this Easter

26 March 2021

As COVID19 restrictions ease in the UK, shoppers are not only looking to buy chocolate eggs over the holiday but also gifts for their family or friends. The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG), Facebook and the UK Intellectual Property Office’s Intelligence Hub are joining forces in another collaborative campaign,

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Mike Roylance receives the ACG Lifetime Achievement Award

26 March 2021

On Wednesday 24 March 2021, to recognise the years of work he has done to combat counterfeiting, the ACG presented Mike Roylance with an ACG Lifetime Achievement Award for his support of the ACG and the counterfeiting community.

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Podcast: ‘Online Fights’ with ACG and Trademark Now

25 March 2021

Phil Lewis, Director General of the Ant-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) was the special guest on this week’s Trademark Now’s podcast which is co-hosted by Gökcen Uzer Cengelci and Craig Bailey. Episode 9: ‘Online Fights’ from the series ‘Talkin’ Marks’ covers the possible strategies to combat both the act of counterfeiting and the counterfeiters behind it.

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Do Consumers Care About Price or Product Safety?

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.

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ACG Fireside Chat with Clive Jones

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.

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ACG host a Russia and UK Border Enforcement Seminar

18 March 2021

Today, the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) working with member, BrandMonitor hosted a seminar to focus on border protection in Russia and the UK. Phil Lewis, ACG Director General moderated the event and provided an overview of the ACG. Then BrandMonitor’s CEO and Business Development Director presented an overview of customs’ seizure research and delved into a live demo that highlighted the scope and scale of seizures in Russia.

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