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).
On World Anti-Counterfeiting Day The Partnership for Safe Medicines launched their new campaign of TIPS to educate both doctors and patients about the dangers of counterfeits on Wrld Anti-Counterfeiting Day. Have a look under Documents for more.
The 2013 Awards to INTERPOL and to the Malaysia Health Service focus on the exceptional work these public bodies have done in the fight against trafficking in illicit and sometimes dangerous goods and against fake medicines respectively. In other categories, the enthusiastic lift-off last year of a new anti-counterfeiting committee FICCI-CASCADE in India is recognised and the continuing work above and beyond expected objectives of the Procter and Gamble company is rewarded. And Silvio Paschi, the retiring Secretary General of INDICAM – the Italian Anti-Counterfeiting organisation receives an individual award to mark his long-standing and untiring work in Italy and his wise and selfless advice and contribution to the success of other international campaigns. PR-pdf under Documents.
This year is the fifteenth year of the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards judged annually by delegates from Authentication News, the GACG Network Members and representatives of previous winners (see Previous Winners note under Documents).
Below and under Documents please find the preliminary program for the Global Anti Counterfeiting Group's Annual Meeting in Beijing 21-24 May 2013. Take this opportunity for a really useful meetings with QBPC members and senior Chinese officials in Beijing - the annual dinner will be a memorable occasion as well! Please spread this invitation around your own networks to make others aware of these interesting meetings in Beijing. We would need your information for attendance no later than March 15th 2013.
The successes and challenges of the IACC Payment Processor Initiative & Portal Program to date, which the IACC submitted to the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), Victoria Espinel, in October 2012.
FICCI Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy gives reports from India.
IP Protect Expo 2013 – Brand Protection in Action – 5th and 6th February 2013, Business Design Centre, London – www.ip-protectexpo.com This year GACG is a partner of IP Protect Expo 2013, a unique event, co-hosted by ACG (UK Anti-Counterfeiting Group, www.a-cg.org), bringing together intellectual property experts and brand protection professionals from across the world.