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Groups and Committees

The ACG's groups and committees have evolved over the years in response to changes in law and practice, and to reflect new challenges:

  • the globalisation of counterfeiting
  • the expansion of its targets from luxury goods to nearly everything
  • the trade in fakes on the Internet

Associates Group

Chair: Ruth Hoy, DLA Piper (London)

Other ACG meetings are open to Associates and this Group meets ad hoc when there are specific legal issues to discuss and resolve. Individual Associates also contribute greatly to initiatives of other ACG Groups and Committees on legal matters e.g. several Associates regularly assist with legal research and with drafting ACG submissions in government consultations (OFT, Enterprise Act)

Consumer Brands Group (CBG)

The Consumer Brands Group currently has working groups to focus specifically on the issues related to: online counterfeiting; physical counterfeiting; and policy.

Chair: Chloe Long, Michael Kors
Vice-Chair: Danielle Prince, Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc

  • Open to Full Members, Associates and BPG members representing declared ACG member clients, enforcement officers
  • Exchanges sector intelligence; shares information/resources in UK law enforcement
  • Co-operation with/training of enforcement agencies
  • Liaises with authorities on detection/prosecution of counterfeiters and pirates
  • Contributes to ACG's campaigns for better resources for Trading Standards
  • Participates in other ACG initiatives (e.g. guidance notes, EU lobbying)
  • Supports ACG IP Roadshows and other events
  • Attendance at annual TSI Conference

Brand Protection Group (BPG)

Chair: Susanne Hasselmann

  • Open to product security technology suppliers, investigators and independent consultancies
  • Shares anti-counterfeiting intelligence and experience in the product security sector
  • Advises on current/proposed brand protection legislation and evolving technologies, PR and lobbying support for ACG activities
  • Educates brand owners/enforcement agencies on security technologies/services
  • Provides information to ACG members about product security solutions
  • Supports ACG IP Training Days and events

 International Committee

 Chair: Richard Heath, Richard Heath (IP) Associates

  • Open to UK and international members
  • Three principal priority areas for pan-industry initiatives:
    • import & distribution within the UK: HMRC — Customs (for transnational issues)
    • import, manufacture & distribution within the EU: EU Commission e.g Customs Regulation, Enforcement Directives; other industry organisations e.g European Brands Association (AIM)
    • manufacture & distribution in rest of world: Relations with the main international organisations (e.g. WIPO, Interpol, WCO), global initiatives e.g. BASCAP, and trends in the trade in fakes
  • Co–ordinates support for international law enforcement and intelligence–gathering
  • International networking and information–sharing
  • Advises Council and liaises with other ACG Groups

 

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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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