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23 July 2021
Which?, the UK’s major consumer champion, has released a worrying new report confirming how scams soared, between April 2020 and March 2021 and that UK consumers have suffered over £2 billion in losses.
20 July 2021
ACG members met with two team members from Coupang today for a roundtable discussion about their new and expanding Intellectual Property Team. Coupang is an e-commerce platform in South Korea, which has recently launched in Japan.
08 June 2021
Over 300 Enforcement Officers from across the UK joined the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) on World Anti-Counterfeiting Day (Tuesday 8 June 2021) for virtual training.
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.
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.
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.
08 March 2021
From tearing apart families to crippling friendships, jobs, education and people’s mental health, the harmful toll of the Covid-19 virus on lives and livelihoods cannot be overstated. And yet, despite the hardships, counterfeit criminal gangs are seeking to capitalise on the challenging situation; exploiting the changing needs and habits of locked-down shoppers and diverting vital funds away from legitimate businesses at a time they need it most.
02 March 2021
ACG members met with Amazon today for a Q&A session where Amazon went through their policies, tools, regulations and reporting techniques, that brand owners should use which will help support brands in combating the sale of counterfeit goods on Amazon’s e-commerce website.
26 February 2021
Despicable criminal counterfeiters are now threating the safety of new-born babies and toddlers and that’s why ACG welcomes the news that the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has launched a major investigation into counterfeit baby carriers being sold on eBay. The baby carrier in question is the ‘Ergobaby Omni 360’ and PIPCU is asking anyone who has recently purchased one of these but not from the company’s official website, to get in touch as quickly as possible.
24 February 2021
Yesterday ACG members got a chance to meet with eBay’s Global Brand Relations Senior Manager for a roundtable discussion about what they do to protect consumers through their polices and user agreements that help to combat the sale of infringing items. A fantastic turn out from members who joined in on the discussion with eBay who have 1.7 million live listings, 185 million active buyers and 19 million sellers on their e-commerce selling site that focus on consumer-to-consumer and business-to-consumer sales through its website.
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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.