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What is the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG Network)?                                                                               

GACG is the international network of national and regional IPR enforcement and protection organisations.  There are currently 22 Members (see below) covering more than 50 Countries.  The main objectives are to share best practices and information, and to participate in appropriate joint activities to solve international IPR enforcement challenges: 

1. Co-ordination of members’ international activities, especially in relation to international government organisations; 

Achievements:

Official observer at the WIPO Advisory Committee on Enforcement; GACG and members are leading participants in the EU Observatory on IP Infringements; Co-ordination with other UN and EU agencies: WTO, WHO, EUIPO, and EPO. Co-founder Interpol IP Crime Group; Member of Europol IPC£ Stakeholders Advisory Group; Co-operation and joint activities with UNICRI – the United Nations Inter-regional Crime and Justice Research Institute – research and training on organised criminal involvement in IP crime. MOU on joint activities and co-operation with World Customs Organisation (WCO); 

Co-ordination of activities and objectives with International Business groups: ICC-BASCAP; INTA, AIM, GIPC and International Industry Groups: IFPI, MPAA, BSA etc. 

2. Research and Reports for public awareness of the international dimension of the trade in fakes; 

Achievements

The GAG Commissioned CEBR report on the economic impact of fakes in Europe in 2000 was a prime source of justification for the first EU Green Paper and Action plan on combating counterfeiting and piracy in the EU which led to the EU Observatory on Infringements of IPRs.  UNICRI (with GACG) Report on The Involvement of Organised Crime in the Trade of Dangerous Fakes (2007); Several other research projects involving the GACG and GACG members. 

The annual Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards organised by the GACG, have recognised exceptional work in the international campaign against the trade in fakes by individuals, official organisations, rights holders, media, associations, and relevant technology services. 2018 was the 20th year of the Awards 

GACG established World Anti-Counterfeiting Day as an annual opportunity to promote public awareness of the economic and social impact of counterfeiting and piracy. 

3.  Exchange of best practice and fostering of the establishment of national and other anti-counterfeiting groups. 

Achievements

Annual seminar meetings to exchange information and best practices between network members; Publication of advice and guidance on online infringements, inter-agency co-operation and guidelines for public awareness campaigns; contributions to various national best practice reports and seminars. 

New Group members have been established in Asia (Singapore), Vietnam, Uruguay, and South Africa. Ongoing contact with potential candidate organisations in several regions and countries including Indonesia, Hong Kong, Portugal, Switzerland and Croatia.  

Current Activities Programme 

Joint activities and co-operation with WCO, WIPO, Europol, the EU Observatory, EU Commission, Interpol and UNICRI; Strengthening the network of co-operation between GACG Network member groups and with the international government organisations; with particular emphasis on working with the International NGOs: ICC/BASCAP, INTA/ACC, and AIM/ACC, and with other international rights owners’ groups. 

Further joint research into international aspects of the campaign against the trade in fakes; continuation and improvement of the networking benefits and of the awareness and education potential derived from World Anti-Counterfeiting Day and the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards.  Promotion of international guidelines on IP enforcement issues. 

Increase the effectiveness of the GACG network and the benefits of membership for all potential members

What is the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG Network)?                                                                               

GACG is the international network of national and regional IPR enforcement and protection organisations.  There are currently 22 Members (see below) covering more than 50 Countries.  The main objectives are to share best practices and information, and to participate in appropriate joint activities to solve international IPR enforcement challenges: 

1. Co-ordination of members’ international activities, especially in relation to international government organisations; 

Achievements:

Official observer at the WIPO Advisory Committee on Enforcement; GACG and members are leading participants in the EU Observatory on IP Infringements; Co-ordination with other UN and EU agencies: WTO, WHO, EUIPO, and EPO. Co-founder Interpol IP Crime Group; Member of Europol IPC£ Stakeholders Advisory Group; Co-operation and joint activities with UNICRI – the United Nations Inter-regional Crime and Justice Research Institute – research and training on organised criminal involvement in IP crime. MOU on joint activities and co-operation with World Customs Organisation (WCO); 

Co-ordination of activities and objectives with International Business groups: ICC-BASCAP; INTA, AIM, GIPC and International Industry Groups: IFPI, MPAA, BSA etc. 

2. Research and Reports for public awareness of the international dimension of the trade in fakes; 

Achievements

The GAG Commissioned CEBR report on the economic impact of fakes in Europe in 2000 was a prime source of justification for the first EU Green Paper and Action plan on combating counterfeiting and piracy in the EU which led to the EU Observatory on Infringements of IPRs.  UNICRI (with GACG) Report on The Involvement of Organised Crime in the Trade of Dangerous Fakes (2007); Several other research projects involving the GACG and GACG members. 

The annual Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards organised by the GACG, have recognised exceptional work in the international campaign against the trade in fakes by individuals, official organisations, rights holders, media, associations, and relevant technology services. 2018 was the 20th year of the Awards 

GACG established World Anti-Counterfeiting Day as an annual opportunity to promote public awareness of the economic and social impact of counterfeiting and piracy. 

3.  Exchange of best practice and fostering of the establishment of national and other anti-counterfeiting groups. 

Achievements

Annual seminar meetings to exchange information and best practices between network members; Publication of advice and guidance on online infringements, inter-agency co-operation and guidelines for public awareness campaigns; contributions to various national best practice reports and seminars. 

New Group members have been established in Asia (Singapore), Vietnam, Uruguay, and South Africa. Ongoing contact with potential candidate organisations in several regions and countries including Indonesia, Hong Kong, Portugal, Switzerland and Croatia.  

Current Activities Programme: 

Joint activities and co-operation with WCO, WIPO, Europol, the EU Observatory, EU Commission, Interpol and UNICRI; Strengthening the network of co-operation between GACG Network member groups and with the international government organisations; with particular emphasis on working with the International NGOs: ICC/BASCAP, INTA/ACC, and AIM/ACC, and with other international rights owners’ groups. 

Further joint research into international aspects of the campaign against the trade in fakes; continuation and improvement of the networking benefits and of the awareness and education potential derived from World Anti-Counterfeiting Day and the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards.  Promotion of international guidelines on IP enforcement issues. 

Increase the effectiveness of the GACG network and the benefits of membership for all potential members

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