17th annual Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards

World Anti-Counterfeiting DayThe winners of the seventeenth annual Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards, sponsored by Reconnaissance International’s Authentication News™ and the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG) Network were announced in Paris on World Anti-Counterfeiting Day.  The awards were made as a continuing recognition of special achievements by organisations, companies and individuals.

John Anderson, Chairman of the GACG Network of national and regional anti-counterfeiting organisations said “The awards this year again highlight the wide range of co-operation that is needed – and provided – by different organisations and individuals and especially across the public/private sector divide, in the campaign against the international trade in fakes. I am especially impressed once again with the emphases on both co-ordination between the public and private sectors and the importance of raising public awareness that was evident in many of the nominations.”

The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights of OHIM was the proud winner of the International Public Body Award at last year’s event.

The winners announced yesterday are:

  • National Public Body Award
    Public Order Department
    Ministry of Public Security
    People’s Republic of China
  • International Public Body Award
    Intellectual Property Crime Unit
    (Focal Point COPY)
    EUROPOL
  • Company Award
    Global Brand Protection
    NIKE Inc
  • Association Award
    BASCAP
    An initiative of the International Chamber of Commerce
  • Media Award
    “Turn Back Crime”
    Interpol
  • Authentication User Award
    Investigation and Enforcement Directorate
    National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control
    (NAFDAC) Nigeria
  • Special Award for Lifetime Individual Achievement
    David Butler GSK

World Anti-Counterfeiting Day is now in its seventeenth 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 or being used by other associations.  In 2015, some events have already taken place on World IP Day – 26th April – in Germany for example, and many more are expected to coincide with the event organised in Paris by the Union des Fabricants – in Nigeria and Norway.  There have also been related events in several other countries including Ukraine, Finland and Spain.

Source: OHIM

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