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.
On 2nd December 2013 the EU Observatory for on Infringement of IPR launched their new website as part of continuous improvements towards the development of the Observatory website into an online reference for IP matters and stakeholders' support in this will be invaluable. (Find out more under Links.)
Counterfeiting, Piracy and Smuggling in India - Effects and Possible Solutions, is a report prepared by FICCI CASCADE and ICC BASCAP.
The United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report Monday July 8th that makes positive note of the IACC's Payment Processor Portal Program efforts. "IACC has taken action to combat rogue Internet pharmacies by, among other things, working with credit card companies to discourage banks from processing payments for rogue Internet pharmacies.” -GAO Report, July 2013
As usual the Finnish Anti-Counterfeit Group (FACG) shows how it can be done and arranged an awareness campaign to celebrate World Anti-Counterfeiting Day on June 6, 2013. As previous year, the campaign took place at Helsinki’s largest cinema complex and received some media coverage.
The Finnish Anti-Counterfeit Group arranged a Market Survey Tour for its' members on May 29th 2013. During the day, seven stores on the capital region were visited in order to find out in what extent counterfeit products were sold. Finnish Custom's expertise helped to choose the targets. Besides FACG board members, some right holders' representatives participated. The Tour revealed that in general, the situation is quite good: only very few counterfeits were found.
On June 12 an unprecedented social event titled “I Buy Real! I Do Not Buy Fakes!” took place in Kyiv. The event was held in the frames of an informational campaign “Anti-Counterfeiting and Anti-Piracy Days in Ukraine” which was launched in spring 2012. The event was co-organized by the Ukraine Alliance Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (UAACP) and the Kyiv City State Administration (KCSA) with the support of the State Intellectual Property Service, Microsoft Ukraine and Ukrainian National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC Ukraine).