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17/01/2017

The Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG) Network: Revue of 2016

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The Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG) Network: Revue of 2016

17 January 2017                                                                                                             

The Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG) Network:  Revue of  2016 

  •          The GACG continued to expand its membership internationally.  Four new groups have joined the Network: ACACAP the Asian Coalition against counterfeiting and Piracy – which covers several Asian countries; VATAP  the Vietnam Group for Anti-Counterfeiting and Trademark Protection; CALSYP – The Chamber Against Smuggling and Piracy, Uruguay,  and finally the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee of the South Africa Institute of Intellectual Property Law Institute (SAIIPL). A ‘Regional’ Meeting with SAIIPL, CALSYP, ACC of Nigeria with UAACP and BASCAP in attendance was held in Cape Town in September.  In order to promote the benefits of members The Chairman and Members have also met and worked with AIM, ICC-BASCAP; INTA, ECTA and the Asian Patent Attorneys Association APAA. 
  •          The GACG and its members continue to enhance the reputation of national and regional partnerships with International Government Organisations:  This year saw GACG and several GACG Members intensify relations with these IGOs and with Regional Government organizations such as EU and ASEAN.  GACG continued to work on developing the MOU of co-operation with the World Customs Organisation.  Both GACG and several leading Network members in the EU remain active stakeholder members of the European Observatory on Infringements of IPRs and play leading roles in the Observatory working groups. 
  •          As a public/private Network, GACG and its members continue to work with others on directly relevant and independent research and information. This year the GACG was chosen to work with the EUIPO on an evaluation of the IPKey EU-China IP Co-operation Activity.  The GACG was also invited to take a place on the EUROPOL Intellectual Property Crime Coordination Centre’s Advisory Board and attended the launch meeting in the Hague in July. 
  •          The GACG continues to draw on the unique and specific strengths of all its individual members in organization and participation in specific conferences and meetings.  Notable during 2016 were international conferences and meetings organized by or in association with the IACC, Unifab, ACG UK, CACN, and UAACP.  Our Regional member Marques organized several successful meetings including a major conference in Alicante. ACC Nigeria celebrated its 10 year anniversary with a round table in co-operation with INTA.  Several other groups held seminar or training sessions including APM, CASP, and QBPC.  Three of the major EU GACG Network Members – Unifab, ANDEMA and INDICAM joined together for a major public awareness campaign focusing on Cities (Authenticities) in collaboration with the EU Observatory. 

The GACG and its partners once again promoted an organized the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards in 2016.  These awards grow in importance and impact each year as both GACG members and the award recipients capitalize on the focus of anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy activities above and beyond the call of duty or obligation and to draw attention to them for governments, influencers and decision makers.  The GACG and its members continue to promote and participate in high level and widely reported ‘World Anti-Counterfeiting Day’ activities resulting in greatly enhanced public awareness messages for all audiences but especially for consumers and young people.  Major events in 2016 were held in Paris by Union des Fabricants and there were several other sincluding in Finland, Ukraine, and Spain.  This year several companies including Unilever and GSK held separate events and the Image Consumables Coalition of Europe – ICCE also took p