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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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Millions of counterfeit medicines seized in largest operation against illicit online pharmacies

25 September 2017

In the largest action of its kind, INTERPOL’s Operation Pangea X targeting the illicit online sale of medicines and medical devices, saw some 400 arrests worldwide and the seizure of more than USD 51 million worth of potentially dangerous medicines.

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Identity stolen after buying counterfeit shoes

24 September 2017

Emily's identity was stolen and fake websites were set up in her name to sell more counterfeit goods after she bought shoes.

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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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Dentists warned not to purchase counterfeit dental equipment

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.

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Counterfeit pesticides seized during operation Silver Axe II

06 July 2017

Europol, together with OLAF, has supported an intensive coordinated international operation carried out at major seaports and airports. 16 EU countries - including the UK - were involved in inspecting over 940 shipments of Plant Protection Products.

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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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Counterfeit handbags, clothes and jewellery worth more than £2m seized in Christmas crackdown

21 December 2016

21.12.16 - The raids were part of an ongoing enforcement operation in the Strangeways area of Manchester, a former garment district dubbed Britain’s knock-off capital. Council chiefs, police and the Anti-Counterfeiting Group are working together as part of the crackdown.

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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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