World Anti-Counterfeiting Day 2020 is now in its twenty second year and was established by the GACG Network members to enable the organisation of local, national and regional events under the umbrella of an international campaign which could focus on the particular problems of counterfeiting and piracy in the countries or regions involved. The WAC Day events are usually held on the same day in summer each year but are individually organised by the national or regional associations themselves who may or may not take up themes suggested by the GACG Network or being used by other associations.
World Anti-Counterfeiting Day 2020: WEDNESDAY 10th JUNE
In light of the current circumstances, a number of European organizations jointly organized a webinar to discuss about pertinent developments in the fight against counterfeits. A recording of the webinar can be found here
Additionally, the EUIPO unveiled two new reports to raise awareness of the damages caused by counterfeiting:
2020 Status Report on IPR Infringement underlines the importance of IPR to the EU economy. It brings together the findings of the research carried out by EUIPO in cooperation with its partners and highlights the economic contributions of IPR to the EU economy, the extent of the exploitation thereof, the infringement mechanisms used to capture that value and the actions being taken in response to these challenges are outlined and discussed. It further highlights involvement of organized crime groups, following investigations by Europol. Full report can be found here
IP Crime and its Link to Other Serious Crimes: Focus on Poly-Criminality focuses on the interconnection between IPR Crime and other forms of criminality, including money laundering, document fraud, cybercrime, fraud, drug production and trafficking and terrorism. The report deals with all forms of IP crime, both offline and online, aiming to inform law enforcement officials and policy makers in addressing this issue at a policy level. Full report can be found here