Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP)

The International Chamber of Commerce's Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) initiative unites the global business community to identify and address IP rights issues more efficiently and to petition for greater commitment by local, national and international officials. By delivering compelling messages from industry executives, BASCAP underscores the severity of the problem and compels governments, the public and the media to take action and ensure that intellectual property is respected and protected:

World Customs Organization (WCO)

The World Customs Organization (WCO) is the only international intergovernmental organisation uniquely focused on customs matters. With 177 members across the globe collectively processing 99% of world trade, the WCO is recognised as the voice of the customs community. It is noted for its expertise in developing global standards, simplifying and harmonising customs procedures, trade security, trade facilitation, customs enforcement and compliance including counterfeiting and piracy, the Harmonized System goods nomenclature, valuation, origin and customs capacity building. More info is available at:

Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is the world's leading provider of intellectual property solutions. Our offerings are used by professionals across the IP lifecycle to develop, maintain and extract maximum value from their intellectual assets. Visit our Intellectual Property Solutions website to see how we can support your needs across the IP lifecycle.

The Anti-counterfeiting Group

The Anti-counterfeiting Group (ACG) is a not-for-profit trade association, recognized as a leading authority on the worldwide trade in fakes. ACG was founded in the United Kingdom in 1980 with just 18 members in the automotive industry, who discovered that they all had a common problem with counterfeit parts. We now represent nearly 200 organizations globally, operating in, or providing specialist advice to, most industry sectors where counterfeiting is an issue.

ITMA – Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys

The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) was founded in 1934 and has about 1,600 members. ITMA promotes high standards of training, qualification and continued learning in order to ensure that the Trade Mark Attorney profession is able to undertake on behalf of clients, large and small, all of the work associated with securing and protecting trade marks and other intellectual property rights in the UK and abroad.
For information about becoming a member of ITMA and the many benefits of joining us click here:

International Trademark Association

The International Trademark Association (INTA) is a not-for-profit membership association dedicated to the support and advancement of trademarks and related intellectual property as elements of fair and effective commerce.

INTA was founded in 1878 by 17 merchants and manufacturers which saw a need for an organisation “to protect and promote the rights of trademark owners, to secure useful legislation and to give aid and encouragement to all efforts for the advancement and observance of trademark rights”.

Today, 5,900 trademark owners, professionals and academics from more than 190 countries make INTA a powerful network of powerful brands. Members of INTA find true value in its global trademark research, policy development, and education and training.

The International Anti-counterfeiting Coalition

The International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition Inc (IACC) is a Washington DC-based non-profit organisation devoted solely to combating product counterfeiting and piracy.
Formed in 1979, our member-driven organisation comprises a cross-section of business and industry - from autos, apparel, luxury goods and pharmaceuticals to food, software and entertainment. Our membership also includes private law firms, investigative and product security firms, government agencies and IP associations.
The touchstone of the IACC's mission is to combat counterfeiting and piracy by promoting laws, regulations, directives, strategic initiatives and relationships designed to render the theft of intellectual property undesirable and unprofitable.


MARQUES, which was founded in 1987, is the association of European trademark owners.

MARQUES represents trademark owners’ interests before the relevant EU and other international bodies in all relevant areas. It also organizes networking and educational events and promotes communication between brand owners in Europe.

The MARQUES website provides a wide range of information and general IP resources of use to both trademark owners and legal practitioners. 


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