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Which? Reports that Scams Rocket by 33% During Pandemic

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.

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ACG Protecting Brands Online Roundtable with Coupang

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.

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World Anti-Counterfeiting Day Enforcement Training

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.

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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 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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The Interview: Anti-Counterfeiting Group Director General, Phil Lewis

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.

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ACG Q&A Session with Amazon

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.

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Even Baby Carriers Can Be Counterfeited

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.

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ACG Protecting Brands Online Roundtable with eBay

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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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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