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SEMINAR | JOINING THE DOTS

October 11, 2017

ACACAP and BRANDSTOCK are pleased to invite you to a free to attend seminar in Munich on the 11 October 2017 (10am – 5pm CET), hosted by the famous fashion brand, Antony Morato.

The event will focus on the changing world of counterfeiting in Asia, the emerging new threats to brands and alternative and robust solutions to deal with the counterfeiters’ shifting strategies in that region.

The event is targeted at cross industry brands and their representatives.

Registration has now opened for the event and we hope you can make it!

We would like to thanks to our sponsor – INCOPRO

INCOPRO (www.incoproip.com) is an online brand protection company that was founded by a law firm.  It uses technology, combined with IP and investigation expertise, to deliver effective and targeted protection.  Its TALISMAN brand protection system is used by many of the largest global brands to track and assess infringement issues across Marketplaces, Websites, Social Media, App Stores and more.

Twitter: @INCOPROUK

NEW MEMBER | IP MARK ASIA LAW

IP-MARK ASIA LAW FIRM (IP-MARK ASIA) is an intellectual property Law Firm located in Hanoi, Vietnam providing services in all areas of Intellectual Property including Patents, Trademarks, Copyright, Designs Prosecution and Litigation, Investigation and Watch Service, Licensing, Dispute Resolution, and Domain Names.

While we continue to provide specialized Intellectual Property services for our clients, we are also able to assist them with general matters relating to business and commercial law, including Corporate Law, Labor and Employment, Investment, Mergers & Acquisitions.

Founded and managed by Mr. Pham Duc Thang, a brand protection expert with a 15+ years of intensive field experience for the largest international brands. With great experience in enforcement of IP rights and anti-counterfeit strategies, IP-MARK ASIA has met a very high demand of clients in many different industries such as pharmaceuticals, foods and alcoholic beverages, high-tech, home appliances and luxury goods industries.

PIRACY COUNTERFEITING | THAILAND

Our Partner in Thailand, working with the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) officers have arrested two Chinese suspects allegedly operating shops in Bangkok involved in the sale of pirated goods worth Bt20 million, DSI deputy director-general Pol Major Suriya Singhakamon told a press conference on Monday.

The two suspects were identified as Hong Bin Lin, who reportedly owns Vivi Shoes, and Lin Shao, owner of Isod. Officers also seized 160,000 pairs of counterfeit sports shoes, Suriya said. The sales value of the shoes totalled Bt20 million.

Suriya also said officers had urged landlords to monitor the activities of their tenants to determine if they were breaking the law.

NEW MEMBER | PROTEKTA

PROTEKTA is an intellectual property protection, investigations and brand integrity firm, aimed at supporting international business efforts in implementing their intellectual property rights in former Soviet Union countries – Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Baltic states – Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia.

Founded and managed by Dmitry Polyakov, a brand protection expert with a 10+ years of intensive field experience for the world’s largest trade marks, the company offers a full scope of legal and investigation services in IP protection, as well as market monitoring and analysis and counteraction.

The company operates from its office in Moscow, utilizing the efforts of numerous certified detectives, investigators with solid law enforcement background, IP and general practice lawyers and attorneys.

PROTEKTA works for many of the largest international brands in textiles, beauty care, luxury and mass market fashion and accessories, home appliances, pharmaceuticals, car makers, image consumables. PROTEKTA are proud to be a brand protection partner for members of major European anticounterfeiting networks and international brand protection organizations.

ACACAP & BRANDSTOCK COCKTAIL PARTY

May 20, 2017

If your organisation is an Asian brand or an international brand that does business in Asia, please join us at our ACACAP and Brandstock cocktail party in Barcelona. This will provide an excellent opportunity to talk to ACACAP partners and other stakeholders about your brand’s experiences and challenges in Asia.

We would like to thanks our sponsors for their support of this event.

WORLD ANTI-COUNTERFEITING DAY

To celebrate Word Anti-Counterfeiting Day, ACACAP and ACG are planning a joint workshop about efficient intelligence and enforcement actions across Asia and between Asia and the UK. Using practical examples from the apparel industry delegates will discuss the challenges of product counterfeiting in Asia and explore possible solutions. Case studies will encourage debate on a practical level and it is hoped that the outcome of the workshop will be some concrete next steps for brands in the fights against the counterfeiters.
This will be an interactive day, starting at 10am and finishing at 3pm (light lunch provided) in time for delegates to transfer to The Shard for the ACG Annual General Meeting which starts at 4pm.

NEW MEMBER | KASHISH IP GROUP (KIPG)

The Asian Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (ACACAP) welcomes Kashish IP Group (KIPG), a boutique intellectual property (IP) firm, to its network of partners. KIPG will be responsible for ACACAP activities in Mauritius and Nepal.

ACACAP is a non-profit organization and through its network of local partners across Asia, it offers practical investigations and enforcement support to its members to help tackle the growing problem of product counterfeiting and piracy.

“ACACAP continues to develop its coverage of Asia. KIPG is a well-known firm with offices in many Asian countries and will offer our members the flexibility required to execute successful brand protection strategies,” said Andrew Bradshaw, President, ACACAP.

For more than a decade, KIPG has been assisting clients in protection, management and enforcement of their IP rights to help secure their business interests.

Established in 2006 and with its head office in Mauritius, KIPG advises and assists its clients on all aspects of IP rights, including IP prosecutions and maintenance of their IP rights portfolios (i.e. renewals, recordals, drafting, reviewing of licensing and franchising agreements). Besides this, the firm also conducts IP portfolio reviews and validations for clients, helping to ascertain a client’s portfolio strength and allowing them to execute better business policies and decisions.

To help clients protect their business interests, KIPG acts on their behalf to strategize efficient and effective actions for successful enforcement of their rights, such as carrying out educational sessions for government enforcement agencies – including customs training, market watch, investigations, raids and seizures – to safeguard the right holder’s interest. In addition, KIPG advises and assists its clients on custom recordals for even more efficacious enforcement.

KIPG strives to provide client-tailored solutions and strategies whilst delivering value and excellence in every aspect of its service. The firm offers a full range of IP services related to patents, trademarks, copyrights, designs, IP litigation and commercialization.

NEW MEMBER | R.W.T International Law Office

ACACAP welcomes R.W.T International Law Office. R.W.T will offer services across South East Asia through their local offices.

R.W.T. provides experienced litigators to protect clients while providing legal assistance in many areas. The Legal team advises on the complexities of doing business in the International community. With R.W.T’s assistance, clients are updated with the latest IP information and cost-effective measures. R.W.T. has a truly Global perspective in which their lawyers provide a thorough understanding of the marketplace.

R.W.T has an experienced Investigative team at R.W.T. that is at the forefront of IP rights and protection in South East Asia. With the needs of IP Enforcement being paramount, R.W.T. has been proactive and progressive in this ever-expanding IT community. From establishing themselves as a results-driven firm, R.W.T. has developed an elite rapid response team solely dedicated to IP Enforcement and Investigation.

NEW MEMBER | INQ GLOBAL

ACACAP welcomes INQ Consultants, a new investigating partner appointed to fight cross border counterfeiting and piracy.

INQ Consultants Ltd, trading as INQ Global are an International firm of investigators with a global network of trusted partners. INQ specialises in Intellectual Property investigations, including supply chain audits, local market surveys, covert investigations, trap purchases, raid action coordination, RISK investigations and bespoke law enforcement training.

INQ follows a strategic approach to brand protection activities on behalf of clients. These strategies are formed around three important columns: Identify; Locate; Dismantle.

Intelligence gathering and analysis underpins and supports all of INQ’s investigations to ensure that all investigations are completed to the highest standards.

5 May 2017 - OVER 100 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROFESSIONALS ATTEND ACACAP & BRANDSTOCK EVENT

On a warm Mediterranean evening, the Asian Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (ACACAP) welcomed over 100 friends and colleagues from the intellectual property (IP) world to a drinks reception in Barcelona.

The event, co-hosted with Brandstock, took place during INTA and provided a great opportunity for a cross sector of IP professionals (including representatives from non-government organizations (NGOs), brands and ACACAP legal partners) to network and discuss their experiences and challenges of counterfeiting and piracy in Asia.

We would like to thank Lanaca Action Manager, Palmer Biggs IP Solicitors and Strategic IP Information for sponsoring this event.

Thanks also to our great partners for their support: (add pdf of banner with partners and sponsors) AllBright Law Offices, Anand and Anand, Cho & Partners, He Rui, InQ Consultants, Kashish IP Group, Lancers, Protekta, R.W.T. Law Offices, Saikrishna & Associates, Verisec and Wong Jin Nee & Teo

For further information about our partners, please click here.

1 May 2017 - NEW MEMBER | ALLBRIGHT

Allbright Law Offices, founded in 1999, is one of the China’s leading full service law firms headquartered in Shanghai, offering a comprehensive range of legal solutions and services, to both domestic and international clients from our 18 offices throughout China, including in Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

Allbright provides creative, pragmatic and cost-effective services and solutions to help businesses to protect their IP rights and maximise their commercial benefits. Developed into one of the leading full-service Chinese law firms in China, and it remains the only national Chinese law firm headquartered in Shanghai.

10 May 2017 - NEW MEMBER | LANCERS

Lancers is a leading Corporate Intelligence & Risk Mitigation specialist, with 6 offices and 4 field offices and an employee strength of 100+ across the country.

Lancers Network Limited, thorough its in-depth understanding of key markets, strong operational experience and capabilities, services its Clients with an option of taking the fight against infringement to perpetrators operating in multiple jurisdictions. The Company has a cumulative experience of over 1500+ enforcement actions across India over 20 years.

Lancers has the specialized knowledge, experience & infrastructure for securing a brand in this globalized world. Working within the parameters of local laws and utilizing the various law enforcement entities. Lancers 360-degree approach helps to identify manufacturers, importers, exporters, validate channels, conduct sample purchasing, analyse goods and qualify these as counterfeit. Through Lancers established relations with law enforcement, raid actions can be expedited, followed with litigation support. Lancers has a Pan India coverage for conducting enforcement actions coupled with a strong liaising network with regulatory and enforcement bodies.

ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL RAID IN INDIA

ACACAP recently conducted a successful raid on a manufacturing unit in India producing trousers and jeans.  Nearly 2,000 pairs of counterfeit trousers across two major brands were found, as well as around 10,000 tags and waist labels.

We would like to thank our partner Sai Krishna & Associates for another successful action.