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Protect your Intellectual Property Rights Against Infringements

21 January 2021

An AFA (Application For Action) allows IP rights holders to protect their rights from suspecting infringement. Trademarks, copyrights, designs and patents can all be protected. Doing so will allow Border Force to detain goods that are suspected to be infringing. The Anti-Counterfeiting Group urges those to protect their IP rights as soon as possible by applying for an AFA.

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Counterfeiters have lowest morals and no conscience

21 January 2021

The pandemic has given rise to massive increases in COVID-19 related counterfeiting. Since counterfeiters have the lowest morals and conscience and are committed to taking advantage of anyone, in any situation, it won't surprise you to read that they're selling and making profit from counterfeit COVID-19 vaccines.

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ACG focus on USA and UK border enforcement

15 January 2021

Yesterday, the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) held its first country-focused seminar for members. More than 115 attendees learnt more about border enforcement in the United States and in the UK.

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'Shopping bruv?': The traders and look-outs on Counterfeit Street defying the national lockdown

11 January 2021

All non-essential shops were ordered closed when the country went into the third national lockdown earlier this month. But, on the notorious backstreets of the city centre's northern outskirts, January sales are in full swing - for dealers in fakes and their accomplices. Here, Manchester Evening News reporter John Scheerhout describes the scene off Bury New Road on a Thursday afternoon.

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ACG Update: New product labelling

22 December 2020

Unless a trade deal specifies otherwise, the labelling of new products for the UK market will change from the 1st January 2021, when the Brexit transition period ends.

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APPG Illicit Trade Meeting - 9 December 2020

10 December 2020

The Anti-Counterfeiting (ACG) Director General Phil Lewis attended the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) Illicit Trade Meeting yesterday. Counterfeited goods make up the largest value of illicit trade, which robs the local economy of jobs and economic growth with funds going to organised crime groups and putting consumers at risk when buying potentially unsafe and ineffective products.

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ACG Fireside Chat with Susan Wilson

05 December 2020

On Friday 4 December, the ACG hosted an online fireside chat with Susan Wilson, the first U.S. Intellectual Property (IP) attaché to the European Union (EU) and to the UK, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. Susan’s responsibilities have included monitoring IP-related developments and contributing to IP-related dialogues throughout the region.

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Border Force: How many officers has ACG trained this year?

04 December 2020

Another series of online training for UK Border Force Officers, organised by the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) has just been completed. This time well over 200 officers were updated on how to identify branded products.

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ACG train more than 250 Trading Standards Officers

27 November 2020

This week, the ACG has trained more than 250 Trading Standards Officers with a focus on online shopping. Twelve ACG brand members presented to officers on how counterfeit products can be identified. These brands included Michael Kors, Louis Vuitton, no!no!, Dermawand, SanDisk, Tommy Hilfiger and Popsockets.

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SOCIAL MEDIA: Operation CAROL keeps shoppers and businesses safe from counterfeits this Christmas

25 November 2020

Operation CAROL has worked with Facebook and Instagram to report content of potentially counterfeit products for removal and to protect the interests of consumers and legitimate business who are struggling to survive in these difficult times.

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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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