New & improved Anti-Counterfeiting Intelligence Support Tool (ACIST)

The Anti-Counterfeiting Intelligence Support Tool (ACIST) provides reliable data from all EU Member States to support enforcement.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Intelligence Support Tool (ACIST) is an interactive database that provides useful statistics and data on counterfeit goods.

ACIST gathers information on detentions (at borders and in internal markets) of goods that are suspected of infringing intellectual property rights (IPRs).

This interactive database is operated and maintained by the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights.

Using the ACIST database

The database is updated on a regular basis and all information collected is converted into a systematic format that may be effectively aggregated and compared.

All data may be filtered and searched according to:

  1. detention date;
  2. country of provenance;
  3. detention type (border or internal market);
  4. 9 types of IPRs including;
    1. copyright;
    2. design;
    3. patent;
    4. plant variety;
    5. protected designation of origin;
    6. protected geographical indication;
    7. supplementary protection certificate;
    8. trade mark;
    9. unknown rights; and
  5. 12 categories of goods including:
    1. foodstuff, alcoholic and other beverages;
    2. body care items;
    3. clothing and accessories;
    4. shoes including parts and accessories;
    5. personal accessories;
    6. mobile phones including parts and technical accessories;
    7. electrical/electronic and computer equipment;
    8. CD, DVD, cassette, game cartridges;
    9. toys, games, (including electronic game consoles) and sporting articles;
    10. tobacco products;
    11. medicines; and
    12. others.

Improvements and enhancements

ACIST has recently been enhanced to include the ability to:

  • export data from Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to the database;
  • create pie charts and bar graphs so that information may be presented visually;
  • obtain reports on the status of products for possible violations in PDF format; and
  • report multiple violations and cases of detention of goods in one go.

Reports are also presented in tables and contain information including:

  • detention dates;
  • number of cases;
  • number of detentions;
  • number of items; and
  • estimated retail value of original goods (in Euros).

Why use ACIST?

ACIST has been collating data since 2012 and was developed with the direct participation of European Union (EU) Member States and their respective national intellectual property offices.

The database currently contains information from all 28 EU Member States on detentions at borders, as well as information from 15 EU Member States on detentions that took place within the member states (internal market).

Its primary mission is to serve as a basis for creating a clear and concise map of counterfeiting activities in the European Union, which may in turn serve as reference in making operational policies in the fight against counterfeit goods.

This database, along with other tools including the Enforcement Database, may also assist companies and organizations in making their own market decisions i.e. transit routes, customs policies etc.

The European Observatory will continue to cooperate with EU enforcement authorities to establish best practices with regard to data collection and to further develop ACIST.

Access

The ACIST database may be accessed via the European Trade Mark and Design Network (ETMDN) website: https://www.tmdn.org/enforcementintelligence-webapp/