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The Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards are presented for outstanding achievement by organisations, companies or individuals involved in combating counterfeiting and piracy, either to protect their own brands or products or in the development of an environment which encourages the combating of counterfeits and pirate products. The Awards are given in seven categories – National Public Body, International Public Organisation, Company, Association, Technology or Professional Services User, Media and Individual Achievement.
Counterfeit and pirated goods could cost the global economy up to €1.5 trillion per year according to some estimates, and this translates into loss of legal employment, lack of investment in new jobs and increased prices of legal goods. It also means less public funding for services such as health, education and social welfare. Many organisations, companies and individuals are taking effective action against these illicit, dangerous and sub-standard goods to protect consumers, promote investment in new jobs and increase government revenues, and to combat the involvement of organised crime. Some of them ‘go the extra mile’ and the GAC awards are recognition of these outstanding performances.
The awards are open to nominations from anyone with an interest in brand protection, anti-counterfeiting, and anti-piracy activities, particularly in the international context, ensuring a wide spread of nominations from across the world. The awards are judged by a panel from Managing Intellectual Property, the GACG Network, and representatives of previous award winners.
World Anti-Counterfeiting Day also now in its nineteenth year, 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 or being used by other associations. Some industry associations have also organised publicity. In 2017, some events have already taken place on World IP Day – 26th April – in Germany for example, and many more are expected to co-incide with the event organised in Paris by the Union des Fabricants – including the UK Spain and Finland. There are also related events, activities and publicity in several other countries including the USA, Norway ,Ukraine, Denmark and Nigeria.