Programs and Events
Programs and Events
Free Trade Zones: Commerce vs Counterfeits - New York


 Tuesday, March 21, 2017

8:00 am–5:00 pm 
Registration and Information Desk Open
8:00 am–9:00 am 
Networking Coffee Hour
9:00 am–9:15 am 

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Joseph J. Ferretti, PepsiCo, Inc. (United States)
Faisal Shah, AppDetex (United States)

9:15 am–9:30 am

Setting the Stage

Free trade zones provide key economic benefits and promote growth.The global proliferation of free trade zones in recent years has allowed for organized criminal networks to facilitate illicit trade flows in counterfeited, pirated and other illicit products. Hear about steps brand owners can take to balance facilitating legitimate trade while combating counterfeiting in the world's free trade zones. 

Heather McDonald, Baker & Hostetler LLP (United States)

9:30 am–10:45 am

Session I—Navigating the Free Trade Zone Landscape 

How to enforce your IP rights in a free trade zone is daunting to many brand owners. Hear from a panel of experts to understand the government authority scheme within a free trade zone, how it differs from other enforcement routines, and how to effectively collaborate with government authorities to enforce your IP rights.

Tania M. D'Souza-Culora, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP (Canada)

Jacqueline Jansen, Curinde (Curacao)
Arturo Fernández Figueroa, Philip Morris International (Costa Rica)
Nina Osseiran, Cedar White Bradley Consulting (United Arab Emirates)
Peter Quinter, GrayRobinson, P.A. (United States)

10:45 am–11:15 am

Networking Break

11:15 am–12:30 pm

Session II—But I’m Only Passing Through

Counterfeiters create sophisticated and multi-tiered transit routes for their infringing products in order to disguise the country of origin and true destination by purposely passing through ports that lack sufficient border controls, due to lack of funding, manpower, etc. Hear from experts on how to work with customs officials and other government authorities to successfully stop these goods from entering into the commercial marketplace. This panel will also discuss what brand owners and intermediaries need to do to help customs officials identify and stop counterfeit goods.

Kristina Montanaro Schrader, Adams and Reese LLP (United States)

Kenneth Ng, Chang Tsi & Partners (China)
Tara Steketee, Merck & Co., Inc. (United States)

12:30 pm–1:45 pm

Networking Lunch

1:45 pm–3:00 pm 

Session III—The Sum of All Parts

Counterfeiters find workarounds to avoid detection. For example, some counterfeiters ship only the manufactured parts to the free trade zone, and within the free trade zone, they then attach the brand owner’s mark to the substandard goods, and repackage, or re-label the counterfeit products. Another way counterfeiters work within the free trade zone is to manufacture the counterfeit product within free trade zone borders or use the free trade zone for storage of counterfeit products at legitimate businesses. This panel will discuss best practices to successfully identify counterfeiters within a free trade zone and how to disrupt their businesses to stop the manufacture and storage of counterfeit products.

Jason M. Drangel, Epstein Drangel, LLP (United States)  

Daretia Austin, AT&T Services, Inc. (United States)
Virginia Cervieri, Cervieri Monsuarez & Associates (Uruguay)
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Networking Break     
3:30 pm–4:45 pm 
Session IV—Hit Them Where it Hurts: Civil and Criminal Remedies

Brand Owners may feel helpless in successfully enforcing their IP rights in free trade zones, which are intended to promote economic growth in an underserved area of a country. How can brand owners successfully stop counterfeiters where goods may be landed, handled, manufactured, reconfigured, and re-exported without intervention of customs officials? This session will help brand owners and intermediaries become more savvy in navigating the complexities of civil and criminal laws to enable them to effectively enforce their IP rights to activities within a free trade zone.

Christian W. Liedtke, acuminis pc (United States)

William P. Campos, Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York (United States)
Gustavo Giay, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal (Argentina)
Alvin Martina, B24 N.V. (Curacao)
4:45 pm–5:00 pm
Wrap-Up and Thank you

 Project Team



This workshop qualifies for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points. For more information, please email

Project Team

INTA would like to thank the Project Team for its excellent work in planning and presenting this workshop.

Project Team:
Maria Gonzalez-Gordon, Gomez-Acebo & Pombo (Spain)
Amy Goh, Rouse & Co. International LLP (Indonesia)
Faisal Shah, AppDetex (United States)
Claudette Monique Vernot, Estrategia Juridica (Colombia)

INTA Staff Liaisons:
Dionne Downs, International Trademark Association (United States)
Dolores Moro, International Trademark Association (United States)
Tiffany Pho, International Trademark Association (United States)
Maysa Razavi, International Trademark Association (United States)