ABAC-BAAN established in 1995 is a non-profit organization which defends the interests of intellectual property right holders. Located in Belgium it was created by several reputed trademarks holders who were victims of counterfeiting in Belgium and Luxembourg. Many different branches of the industry are represented, from luxury goods to common consumer goods, such as clothing, sports equipment, leather goods, perfumes, toys and entertainment.
ABAC-BAAN assists its members in anti-counterfeiting matters initiated by customs administration, the police and the economic inspection. The association functions as the interface between the authorities and its members.
ABAC-BAAN always maintains a good relationship with the authorities. It participates, and involves its members, in training and awareness initiatives for the police, the customs administration, the economic inspection and the public prosecutors. The association conveys specific training requests to its members and assists in the implementation of such training. It is also involved in consultations and sessions on the working processes of the authorities, legislative initiatives, statistics, etc. Further, it communicates the concerns of its members with the authorities.