On November 2–3, 2015, the First International Conference of Good Practices for the Fight against Contraband, Counterfeiting and Piracy of Goods was held in Lima, Peru. It was organized by the Peruvian Commission of the Fight against Contraband and Counterfeiting and the Secretary of Production, Peruvian Customs, and the Secretary of International Affairs of Peru. The objective of the event was to share the successful strategies and experiences in the fight against illegal commerce, with the goal of establishing adequate mechanisms in the Andean Community region to strengthen the collaboration among public and private sectors against these illicit actions.
The event focused on actions that that might be taken against illicit commerce in Andean Community countries and other Latin America countries as well as in the United States and the European Union. Most of the 60 participants in attendance were directors and heads of law enforcement, government entities and associations in Peru related to the fight against contraband and counterfeiting of goods.
The speakers included government officials and representatives from Andean Community countries such as Peru, Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador as well as representatives of other international entities such as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Business Alliance for Secure Commerce (BASC), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), La Cámara Nacional del Autotransporte de Carga (CANACAR) of Mexico and the International Trademark Association (INTA).
Mrs. Adriana Barrera, a member of INTA’s Latin America Anticounterfeiting Committee, participated as a speaker, representing INTA. She gave a presentation explaining INTA’s dedication to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property in order to protect consumers and to promote fair and effective commerce. Her presentation focused on how INTA members can support the Association’s goals and how INTA combats counterfeiting throughout the world through its Anticounterfeiting Committee and its Unreal Campaign, which teaches young people about the value of trademarks and the importance of buying genuine products.
The participants showed great interest in the Association and asked about INTA’s activities in the Andean Community region. For more information on the Anticounterfeiting Committee, contact Maysa Razavi, INTA Advisor, External Relations, Anticounterfeiting, at firstname.lastname@example.org.