Focus on the unique strengths of national and regional partnerships in the campaign against the trade in fakes
The Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG) Network: Focus on the unique strengths of national and regional partnerships in the campaign against the trade in fakes as the GACG members end another cycle of activity 2013/2014, the Chairman reflects on the continuing achievements of the Network both collectively and individually across the whole range of initiatives and activities in the international campaign against the trade in fakes and the promotion of respect for Intellectual Property as a mainstay of the enforcement of IPRs.
What is the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG) Network? GACG is a network of national and regional IP protection and enforcement organisations which have a strong international dimension to their activities. There are currently 21 Members covering more than 40 Countries. The objectives are to exchange and share best practices and information, and to participate in appropriate joint activities to solve international IPR enforcement challenges.
ICC Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) released a new report in Ukraine on 25 June 2014 which outlines the value of intellectual property (IP) in Ukraine and provides comprehensive policy and legislative recommendations to advance the Ukrainian IP rights protection and enforcement regime. Jeffrey Hardy, BASACP Director presented the report's new IP recommendations in Kiev.
From co-operation within sectors to multilateral public private co-operation, the winners of this years’ awards are shining examples of best practice in the campaign against the trade in fakes. The European Observatory on Infringements of IP Rights hit the ground running with research and reports and databases to support the campaign – thanks in some part to our individual award winner for 2014 – Phil Lewis – closely involved in the foundation of the Observatory and in the transfer of the activities to OHIM in Alicante. The Guardia di Finanza in Italy have long been at the forefront of best practice and the development of the SIAC database is a major step forward. The IACC has developed a partnership with payment streams such as Visa and Mastercard to close down thousands of illegal web-sites. SANOFI have consistently and variously initiated campaigns and actions against fake medicine with educational programmes, brochures, online guidance, awareness events, training and technical co-operation with public/private partnerships. Just recently joining the international campaign, UNODC has been awarded for a strong media campaign linking counterfeiting and piracy with organised crime, and in a new category this year, Schneider Electric are rewarded for a best practice use of authentication systems. In a close competition for the winner in the National Public Body category, Border Force, Heathrow and the Intellectual Property Investigation Bureau, Hong Kong Customs have been Highly Commended. In addition, there was a special award this year to recognise the extraordinary contribution to anti-counterfeiting of GACG Chairman John Anderson during his 18 years in this field.
Today June 5th is the World Anti Counterfeiting Day and activities are taking place all over the world in such countries as Finland, India, Ukraine, Spain, Germany, USA, Nigeria, Mexico, France…
“Youth Against Counterfeiting and Smuggling” With the unrelenting growth of illicit trade through counterfeiting and smuggling, FICCI CASCADE has been continuously campaigning against these activities. However, as the problem of counterfeiting and smuggling has led to more financial, economic and social crisis, we now need to revisit, rethink and test new approaches to this socio-economic challenge. FICCI CASCADE has started a youth movement across the country to spread awareness among the young minds and seek their support to underpin the fight against counterfeiting and smuggling. Such a movement has offered the opportunity to bring in more people, particularly youngsters to push forward its actions to curb counterfeiting and smuggling.
It is time to nominate candidates to the 2014 Global Anti Counterfeiting Awards. 2014 sees the sixteenth year for the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards judged annually by delegates from Authentication News, the GACG Network Members and representatives of previous winners (see background note under Documents). The 2014 Awards ceremony will be held in Paris, France on 5th June 2014 on World Anti-Counterfeiting Day.
Please note in your calendars that this year's World Anti Counterfeiting Day is June 5th 2014. As always many of our members will hold special events on and around that date. Please let us know what you plan so we can spread the news on the gacg.org site.
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) campaign "Counterfeit: Don’t buy into organized crime”
A new global campaign by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was launched today to raise awareness among consumers of the $250 billion a year illicit trafficking of counterfeit goods. The campaign – ‘Counterfeit: Don’t buy into organized crime’ – informs consumers that buying counterfeit goods could be funding organized criminal groups, puts consumer health and safety at risk and contributes to other ethical and environmental concerns. The GACG encourages and support this campaign.
On 11 December the Euronews crime-news program FRONTLINE put the focus on counterfeits as Christmas sees an increase of imported counterfeits. You can see the program on euronews.com and via link below.