Autodata attended the final Anti Counterfeiting Group (ACG) IP Roadshow of the year to showcase its work combating illegal sellers of illicit pirate software, which has helped protect both consumers and garages across the UK.
The one-day roadshow, held at Twickenham Stadium, brought together global brands and officers from leading bodies and associations, including Trading Standards, UK Border Force and the Police.
The use of counterfeit software to repair vehicles carries both financial and safety risks, caused by the use of outdated technical information and inaccurate repair times. This can result in severe damage to vehicles, which has repercussions for both consumers and businesses.
Autodata has been a long-standing member of the ACG and gains unique access to exhibitors and delegates at events held across the UK every year. The roadshows encourage partners to spread the word on the latest news and developments in IP protection, whilst simultaneously receiving feedback from local authorities.
Autodata’s Technical Liaison Assistant Manager, said: “Spreading awareness of the brand and the vital importance of garages using valid and up-to-date technical information are the key reasons why we attend this show every year.
“Despite our new online product significantly reducing the threat of counterfeiting to our business, we will continue to work with the ACG and Trading Standard authorities across the country to spread awareness of the dangers associated with the use of illegal unlicensed software. To date we have supported Trading Standards in visiting independent garages over 57 authorities across the UK.”