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December 15, 2016 Vol. 71 No. 21 Back to Bulletin Main Page

Anticounterfeiting Activities in Brussels, Buenos Aires, Canada, and the Philippines


Capacity Building with IPOPHL and Unreal Event (Philippines)

INTA participated in two anticounterfeiting events in the Philippines on October 14, 2016. The first session was conducted in collaboration with Quisumbing Torres and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and held at the IPOPHL office. The event was a capacity building session for members of the National Committee on IPR (NCIPR), including the Bureau of Customs (BOC), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Philippine National Police (PNP), Optical Media Board (OMB), Department of Trade and Industry-Fair Trade Enforcement Bureau (DTI-FTEB), and the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The event was aimed at promoting Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) by providing a venue for brand owners to demonstrate how to distinguish genuine versus real products.

IPOPHL Deputy Director General Allan Gepty welcomed more than 40 enforcement agency representatives to the training session and emphasized the importance of education in fighting counterfeiting. Representatives from Procter & Gamble, WD-40, Wheel Pros, and Bose also participated in the capacity building session. Bienvenido Marquez III, Group Head and Partner of the Intellectual Property Practice at Quisumbing Torres, and Chair of the INTA Anticounterfeiting Subcommittee for East Asia and the Pacific, represented WD-40 in the program and stressed the negative and harmful effects that counterfeit goods have on industries and on consumer health.

INTA’s second event in the Philippines was the launch of the Unreal Campaign at Assumption College (Makati). The Unreal Campaign is INTA’s consumer awareness program, which aims to educate high school students (ages 14 to 18) about the dangers of counterfeiting and the importance of trademarks. More than 300 students from Assumption College attended the event and represented various departments, such as Media Production, Advertising, Performing Arts, Corporate Management, Human Resources, International Business, Marketing Management, Entrepreneurship, and Tourism Management. Quisumbing Torres’s Intellectual Property Practice Group Partner, Divina IIas-Panganiban, provided an overview of IP concepts, including trademarks, copyrights, and patents. Ms, IIas-Panganiban spoke on the importance of protecting strong brands and presented actual case studies on enforcement to the students. The event also included speakers from Procter & Gamble, V&A Law Villaraza & Angangco, MarksPro Philippines, and Cesar C. Cruz & Partners Law Offices. IPOPHL Deputy Director General Allan Gepty provided closing remarks and discussed the role of the Philippine government in protecting IP rights in the country. For more information on the Unreal Campaign, please contact Laura Heery at lheery@inta.org.

INTA–BASCAP Workshop: Intermediaries and Rights Holders—Working Together to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (Brussels, Belgium)


On November 30, INTA and the International Chamber of Commerce - Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (ICC-BASCAP) jointly organized a regional workshop in Brussels, as part of its series on “Intermediaries and Rights Holders—Working Together to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy.” A diverse group of more than 70 panelists and attendees, including intermediaries, rights holders, government officials, trademark lawyers, and enforcement authorities, facilitated a fruitful discussion on how to address current and future challenges. The workshop began with a keynote speech from Slawomir Tokarski, Director of Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing, Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) of the European Commission. He announced that the proposal to review the IPR Enforcement Directive (IPRED), most likely to be launched during the first half of 2017, is expected to be quite ambitious. He also emphasized the importance of the Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs), facilitated by the European Commission, which have been initiated under the “follow-the-money” approach to attacking counterfeiters.

In the first session, the panel addressed the shipment of fake goods and highlighted the steps which are being taken to control the supply chain and stop the flow of illicit goods across borders. The second session focused on the counterfeiters’ places of doing business. Rights holders and property owners exposed the vulnerabilities and exchanged views on best practices on how to prohibit access to counterfeiters in spaces where they can develop business. The third session explored the complex intermediary scheme involved in the supply chain of the Internet marketplace and discussed how intermediaries and rights holders can collaborate effectively to eliminate illicit traders’ online access, using existing voluntary programs and actions, but also developing new ones. Finally, the fourth session addressed the issue of disrupting the revenue stream for counterfeiters, where the panel described how counterfeiters make money from their criminal activities and which innovative approaches could be taken to stop the money flow.

Workshop: Intermediaries and Rights Holders—Working Together to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

On December 3, INTA successfully hosted a workshop in Buenos Aires, Argentina, prior to the XIX Work Sessions and Administrative Council of the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI). The workshop was the fifth and final workshop in the 2016 intermediary series that brought together key stakeholders to discuss the role of intermediaries in addressing the sale of counterfeit goods. The workshop was supported by ASIPI and BASCAP. Dr. Sebastián Basso, Federal Prosecutor, Morón, Province of Buenos Aires (pictured far left), provided the keynote address and María del Pilar Troncoso, ASIPI President (pictured middle left) and Dolores Moro, INTA Senior Strategist , Education (pictured middle right), provided the welcome and opening remarks. Gustavo Giay (Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal, Argentina) (pictured far right) set the stage for the day’s discussion and Ms. Moro provided the closing remarks.

More than 70 delegates joined expert panelists and moderators from Latin America, including representation from industry, government officials, and legal and business experts, for in an interactive and engaging workshop. Delegates agreed that the key to effectively combating counterfeits requires education of consumers and enhanced collaborative networks of industry, government, and intermediary representatives.

INTA gratefully acknowledges the support provided by ASIPI for this workshop. The workshop would not have been possible without the generosity of ASIPI and the Association is grateful that ASIPI was a local co-organizer of the event.

INTA Sends Third Delegation of 2016 to Canada


On November 30, 2016, INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo and Anticounterfeiting Coordinator Tiffany Pho traveled to Toronto for INTA’s third 2016 delegation to Canada. The delegation coincided with the 21st Annual Fraud and Anti-Counterfeiting Conference in Toronto, held by Kestenberg Siegal Lipkus LLP. INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo delivered one of the opening keynote addresses and spoke on the need for stronger action in Canada and some of the initiatives that INTA has taken. INTA Anticounterfeiting Committee—Canada Subcommittee Chair, Monique Couture (Gowling WLG, Canada), participated on behalf of the Association on a panel covering “Resources through Various Agencies & Organizations.” Ms. Couture was able to present, in detail, INTA’s Canadian anticounterfeiting advocacy efforts this year.

During the delegation, INTA met with officials from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre to discuss current counterfeiting issues. INTA was also able to meet with the Canadian Anticounterfeiting Network to discuss anticounterfeiting collaboration strategies.

INTA would like to thank the members that participated in the delegation trip: Shelley Jones (Blackberry Limited, Canada), Janice Bereskin (Bereskin & Parr, Canada), Monique Couture (Gowling WLG, Canada), and Cynthia Rowden (Bereskin & Parr, Canada).

For more information on INTA’s anticounterfeiting events, please reach out to INTA Anticounterfeiting Manager, Maysa Razavi, at mrazavi@inta.org, and INTA Anticounterfeiting Coordinator, Tiffany Pho, at tpho@inta.org.

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