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Latest News - Trade Marks Act 1994

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Modern slavery is the latest shocking development which has become linked to counterfeit crime

19 November 2017

Police believe many of the immigrants working in the warren of shops and warehouses across Strangeways have been brought to the UK specifically to work in the counterfeit trade. And without the proper papers entitling them to their rights, it is feared they are being exploited.

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Fake designer goods with a street value of more than £300,000 seized in Newcastle

17 November 2017

Nationally, counterfeit goods cost the UK economy more than £17bn a year and last year destroyed an estimated 72,000 jobs in this country.

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Shoppers warned to watch out for fake goods on Black Friday

15 November 2017

FIREFIGHTERS are warning consumers to shop carefully on Black Friday November 24 and avoid fake electrical products which pose a serious fire risk. Black Friday falls during the national Fire Kills Electrical Safety Week from November 20-26 and is a retail bonanza which encourages people to shop for a festive bargain.

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Car firm fined almost £100k after selling counterfeit goods

13 November 2017

A car accessory firm run by men from Formby and Maghull “ripped off” customers and motor companies to the tune of about £200,000, a court has heard. Euro Car Mats Ltd sold bogus car mats and accessories online to unsuspecting customers all over the UK using the trademarks of reputable car manufacturers.

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Ebay traders selling Remembrance Day poppies WITHOUT donating the proceeds

11 November 2017

Traders from as far away as China are flogging unofficial products with no sign that any of the proceeds are going to worthwhile causes.

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Fake poppy merchandise seized ahead of Remembrance Sunday

10 November 2017

A spokesperson for The Royal British Legion and Poppyscotland said: "The two-petal poppy is a registered trademark owned by The Royal British Legion and the four-petal poppy is a registered trademark owned by Poppyscotland. We have a responsibility to make sure that these trademarks are protected so that the public can be sure that their donations are going directly to a registered charity.”

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Counterfeit goods lead to Trading Standards court action

08 November 2017

A fraudster who sold fake goods through Facebook and Gumtree has appeared in court.

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Guilty! 24 charges of selling counterfeit goods

07 November 2017

The knock-off items, which also included Gucci belts and Beats headphones, were ‘indistinct from the real thing’ at a first look, prosecutors said.

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Facebook seller caught with counterfeit tobacco and drugs

03 November 2017

Thomas Chaney, 24, of Greenmeadow was caught following an investigation by Torfaen’s trading standards team which found he was selling large quantities of counterfeit tobacco through the social media site.

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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.

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