In brief: Anti-counterfeiting group adds to numbers

Leeds firm McCormicks has accepted an invitation to join an anti-counterfeiting group. The group operates as a forum for discussion and as a pressure group on matters relating to counterfeiting. Members include law firms, trading standards officers and companies with a strong interest in brand issues. Clifford Chance, Eversheds, Freshfields, BP, Cartier and Sony are all active in the group. Clive Lawrence, head of intellectual property at McCormicks, said: “We became aware of the group through clients mentioning it to us. It seemed like an interesting forward step. It is a forum in which members can exchange information in a disinterested manner for the common good. “