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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,
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.
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.
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.
21 January 2021
A Guardian newspaper article explores why exploitation runs deep in the global economy. Only political change and better labour laws can root this out
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.
30 October 2020
Read ACG's Director General, Phil Lewis's blog for his views on how criminals will exploit this opportunity and put consumers at risk.
27 October 2020
The BBC Defenders UK team filmed a targeted operation in Birmingham where ACG’s Intelligence Coordinator, Graham Mogg along with Officers from West Midlands Regional Police Organised Crime Unit (WMROCU) and Birmingham Trading Standards. The operation saw two raids being undertaken at an industrial site linked to counterfeiting activity and the home address of a suspected counterfeit goods supplier.
21 May 2020
People are buying prescription-based medicines over the internet rather than seek medical advice says Phil Lewis, DG of the ACG. GPs have seen a dramatic fall in patients making appointments for routine consultations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
19 May 2020
Criminals are taking advantage of the pandemic by turning their attention to online crime. As lockdown continues, across the UK, there has been a drop in street crime of 21%. However, online crime, driven by predatory transnational gangs, is on the rise.
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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.