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ACG Press Kit

Founded in 1980, the Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) is an international association respected as one of the world’s leading specialists in the fight against the growing global trade in counterfeit goods.
 
PHIL LEWIS
Director General

Phil has been engaged in intellectual property enforcement since 2001 when he became the UK government’s Senior Policy Advisor on Intellectual Property Crime and was responsible for developing and leading on the UK’s first National IP Crime Strategy. In 2008, Phil joined the European Commission to help develop a Commission strategy against counterfeiting and piracy and was responsible for conceiving and developing the EU Observatory on IP Infringements of IP Rights, which has become the pivotal European network of experts engaged in shaping effective IP enforcement policies and strategies.

Since retiring from public service, at the end of 2014, Phil worked as Policy and Strategy Adviser to the UK Anti-Counterfeiting Group. He has also been a senior adviser on range of EU IP Enforcement Twinning projects, producing studies and key assessment reports on countries such as Serbia, Ukraine and Macedonia.

In 2014, Phil was awarded the Global Anti-Counterfeiting award for individual achievement and in 2018, he became the new Director General of the Anti-Counterfeiting Group.

To learn more about the industry click here to visit our facts and figures document.

 

A VARIETY OF COMMENTS FROM THE ACG DIRECTOR GENERAL CAN BE FOUND BELOW
 
"Despite the disruption to international supply chains over the past year, due to the pandemic, the global trade in fakes was found to be worth $464 billion USD (£332 billion), which is equivalent to the GDP of Belgium. The figures also reveal that counterfeiting represents 2.5% of world trade and 6% of imports across Europe."
 
"as more consumers looked to protect themselves during the height of the pandemic, by further shopping online, international counterfeiting criminals moved in. Selling everything from counterfeit day to day, household goods to fake medicines these predators have once again shown how low they will stoop to make profit at anyone’s expense”.
 
“Consumers have never been at more risk from dangerous counterfeits and associated criminality such as credit card and identity fraud. The message is that people need to very careful when buying online and should only use reputable websites and e-commerce businesses”.
 
"Unfortunately, despite a noticeable drop, China and Hong Kong are still the main sources of counterfeit goods, accounting for 77% of all seizures. However, Turkey is a growing concern, with its share of global seizures tripling from 4% to 12%."
 
"What’s clear is that transnational criminals involved in the fake trade are using complex trading routes and abusing many transit points. ACG is calling on all intermediaries to work much more closely with enforcement and industry, to share intelligence and disrupt this international form of criminality that will clearly hinder efforts to rebuild national economies, jobs and security".
 
Get in touch with us at info@a-cg.com 

 

 

“Consumers have never been at more risk from dangerous counterfeits and associated criminality such as credit card and identity fraud. The message is that people need to very careful when buying online and should only use reputable websites and e-commerce businesses”.
“Consumers have never been at more risk from dangerous counterfeits and associated criminality such as credit card and identity fraud. The message is that people need to very careful when buying online and should only use reputable websites and e-commerce businesses”.
“Consumers have never been at more risk from dangerous counterfeits and associated criminality such as credit card and identity fraud. The message is that people need to very careful when buying online and should only use reputable websites and e-commerce businesses”.

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