The Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG) awarded Thailand's Intellectual Property Department the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Award 2012 in the National Public Bodies, in recognition for its crackdown on piracy.
GACG is an informal network of of national and regional IP protection and enforcement organisations which have a strong international dimension to their activities. There are currently 22 members covering nearly 40 Countrieslike Belgium, India, France, the US and China, plus direct informal contacts with many more national and industry associations.
In this fourteenth annual event, GACG delivered awards in four categories - national public bodies, international public organisations, companies/commercial organisations, and associaitons.
The Thai department won the award, despite reports of widespread piracy in Thailand. Pop singer Lady Gaga recently mentioned her plan to buy a fake Rolex in Thailand, while being here for a concert.
Pajchima Tanasanti, director-general of the department, said that crackdown is the department's priority. In cooperation with related agencies like the national police bureau, the Department of Special Investigation and the Customs Department, the department forms a national task force.
"The award brings pride and confirms the success of the department and other agencies, of which concerted concerts are globally recognised. This award will inspire the department and others to further their crackdown activities," she said.
The 2012 Awards ceremony will be held in Paris, France on June 7 on World Anti-Counterfeiting Day.