Swedish Anti-Counterfeiting Group


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Invitation to customs and law enforcement training on the identification of counterfeit and pirated goods

At the initiative of the Swedish Anti-Counterfeiting Group (SACG) and REACT, hosted by International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

As brand protection managers of proprietary product brands you are invited to take part in customs and law enforcement training in Sweden.

DATE: 14 November 2018

TIME: 13.00 – 16.00

VENUE: ICC, Brunnsgatan 2, Stockholm, Sweden

FORMAT: The training will be in the interactive ”speed dating” form where each brand has its own workshop table to present the brand, genuine products, counterfeits, identification guides etc. Customs and law enforcement officers will be divided in smaller groups to meet each brand in a scheduled order. Power-Point-presentation can be used in assistance, but only be shown on a laptop on the table.

ARRIVAL: Workshop tables should be organized not later than one hour in advance.

DEADLINE: Due to a limited number of workshop tables and ICC’s planning there is a deadline to confirm participation by 14 October 2018. Confirmed participation is based on a "first come, first served" principle and is subject to your company or presenting counsel being member of any of the arranging associations SACG, REACT or ICC.

TREAT: Beverage and finger food (no lunch).

CONTACT: For registration or inquiries please contact Mr Peter von Heidenstam at SACG / REACT on email peter@heidenstamlegal.se

Swedish Anti-Counterfeiting Group (SACG) was established 1997 and is a politically independent, non-profit organization that works to prevent piracy and trade in counterfeit products. SACG’s members include representatives of national and international companies, interest groups and trade associations, government agencies, lawyers and consultants, Swedish universities and individuals.

React is an international non-for-profit organization with over 250 members fighting the trade in counterfeit goods, covering all areas of industry.

ICC is the world business organization, whose mission is to promote open trade and investment and help business meet the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly integrated world economy.

New board of directors and honorary member for the SACG

SACG celebrated its 20th anniversary with a well-attended seminar in connection with its annual meeting held on 14 June 2017, where a new board of directors and an honorary member was appointed.

A new board of directors for the SACG was appointed at the annual meeting. The board now consists of Advokat Erik Ficks (Roschier), Advokat Sara Sparring (Synch), Advokat Ludvig Holm (Lindahl), Omar Baki (Brann), Nina Ebkar (Electrolux), Jesper Sundström (Zacco), Karin Crafoord (Groth & Co), Lena Johansson (ICC), Maria Herlitz Sundelius (H&M), Måns Sjöstrand (Daniel Wellington), Associate Professor Stojan Arnerstål (Uppsala University, IMK), and Professor Sanna Wolk (Uppsala University, IMK).

It was also decided to appoint the first honorary member of the SACG, namely Advokat Ann-Charlotte Söderlund Björk (Gozzo), who was chair of the SACG from its formation until 2015. At their subsequent initial board meeting, the new board appointed Erik Ficks as chair, Sara Sparring as vice chair, Ludvig Holm as secretary, and Omar Baki as treasurer.

”I’m delighted to have the opportunity to chair the SACG in the year it celebrates its 20th anniversary and in the years to come. The trade in counterfeit products presents constant challenges and, in recent times, digital trade has made it more difficult than ever for rights holders and consumers to identify and combat counterfeiting, whilst, at the same time, there has been an increased awareness that lawful trade is a prerequisite for, among other things, sustainability in production. The SACG has a hugely important role to play, not only when it comes to legislation and policy, but above all when it comes to assisting in disseminating information, an example being our efforts to assist rights holders to provide information to the police and customs authorities to identify counterfeit goods,” says Erik Ficks.

”It gives me an enormous amount of pleasure to have the opportunity to see the SACG continue to develop and act as a strong presence in this important area. I think that the new board has everything it needs to take our previous efforts forward into the increasingly digital reality. Naturally, I’m also honoured to accept this appointment and look forward to supporting the board’s activities as best as I can, both in Sweden and globally”, says Ann-Charlotte Söderlund Björk.

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The Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards 2017

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- European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights Executive Summary Derivative Use of Public Domain Content_EN and Final Full Report Public Domain

World Intellectual Property Day on 26 April 2017: Innovation – Improving Lives

”Every April 26, we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day to learn about the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity.

This year, we’ll explore how innovation is making our lives healthier, safer, and more comfortable, turning problems into progress. We’ll look at how the intellectual property system supports innovation by attracting investment, rewarding creators, encouraging them to develop their ideas, and ensuring that their new knowledge is freely available so that tomorrow’s innovators can build on today’s new technology.”- WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) World IP day

Rapport om kostnader för immateriella intrång i EU med fokus på smartphones

I en gemensam rapport från EUIPO i samarbete med International Telecommunication Union (ITU) görs bedömningen att 184 miljoner färre smartphones såldes av den legitima industrin 2015 till följd av counterfeit produkter på marknaden. ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau’s Director, Brahima Sanou: ”Counterfeiting affects economic growth as well as consumers’ health. I am pleased to see that our collaboration with EUIPO helps to raise awareness about the social and economic consequences of counterfeited smartphones. It is our responsibility to take steps to protect consumers.” Press release och Social media Infographics

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