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Mike Roylance receives the ACG Lifetime Achievement Award

26 March 2021

On Wednesday 24 March 2021, to recognise the years of work he has done to combat counterfeiting, the ACG presented Mike Roylance with an ACG Lifetime Achievement Award for his support of the ACG and the counterfeiting community.

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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 Fireside Chat with Clive Jones

19 March 2021

Today the Anti-Counterfeiting Group hosted its third online fireside chat. This time with retired Professional Lead at Powys Trading Standards, Clive Jones and was a great way to finish off a busy week. Clive, who has spent most of his time trying to combat illicit crime, reminisced about his career working at Powys County Council Trading Standards.

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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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ACG launches its Annual Report

12 March 2021

On the day of the publication of the Anti-Counterfeit Group (ACG) annual report, Mr Lewis explained that he is deeply worried that criminals will seek to see misuse of these free ports and this could result in an explosion of illicit trade.

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Market traders ordered to pay £136,476 after selling fake trainers and clothes at Leysdown, Sheppey

11 March 2021

Two market traders who set up a stall at a Sunday boot fair at Leysdown on the Isle of Sheppey to sell fake clothes have been ordered to pay back £136,476 of their illegal gains. Kent County Council's Trading Standards team went to Maidstone Crown Court to get the order under the Proceeds of Crime Act following successful prosecutions in 2019.

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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 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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