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October 1, 2015 Vol. 70 No. 17 Back to Bulletin Main Page

INTA in Buenos Aires in September

Following the ICANN Meeting in July and the Association’s Latin America Delegation in August, INTA returned to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in September. Represented by Anticounterfeiting Advisor Maysa Razavi, INTA used this opportunity to participate in two important anticounterfeiting-related events. 

The first was the 9th International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property Crime Conference. This annual conference is hosted by INTERPOL in partnership with INTA member Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and brings together anticounterfeiting enforcement officials from over 80 countries. This year’s event was co-hosted by the Ministry of Security in Argentina and took place from September 21–24. With about 600 participants, this year’s conference boasted the largest attendance to date, with a notable increase in representation from the private sector.

The purpose of the conference is to share and develop best practices for combatting counterfeiting and piracy crimes. The program included specialized IP crime training sessions (with some training conducted by the International IP Crime College on whose Advisory Group INTA serves). Open to both private and public sector participants, this year’s program also included a nine-hour advanced Product Counterfeit Risk Assessment and Mitigation Workshop that was hosted by Michigan State University’s Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP). Common themes that surfaced in many of the sessions were consumer protection, lack of awareness of the counterfeiting issue among consumers and government and cross-border cooperation. For more information about the event, visit the conference website

On September 25, INTA co-hosted a roundtable with the local intellectual property association, AAAPI (Asociación Argentina de Agentes de Propiedad Industrial). This roundtable focused on online counterfeiting and gathered all relevant stakeholders, including government officials, brand owners and Internet services providers (ISPs) to explore solutions together. AAAPI President Carolina Fernández (Hausheer Belgrano & Fernandez) and INTA Board Member Gustavo Giay (Marval O’Farrell & Mairal, Argentina) provided the opening remarks. Private sector speakers included Benjamín Quesada (Adidas, Argentina), Rocío Martínez Houssay (Mercado Libre, Argentina), Santiago Gini (OLX, Argentina) and Dario De la Peña (Underwriters Laboratories, Mexico). Representing the Argentine government officials were Sergio Gabriel Torres (Criminal Judge), Carlos Godoy (Federal Police), Ricardo Sáenz (Attorney General’s Office) and Rodolfo Gómez (Customs).

The panels led to some very engaging discussion, and the government officials praised INTA and AAAPI for hosting an event at which all the stakeholders could come together and speak candidly about the issues surrounding online counterfeiting. INTA thanks Carolina Fernández and her colleagues at AAAPI—Marcelo García Sellart (Berton Moreno & Asociados, Argentina), Clarisa Ferder (Estudio Ferder, Argentina), and Matías Noetinger—for their work on this event. The Association is pleased to have this first joint initiative with AAAPI and looks forward to further collaboration in the future.

INTA extends its gratitude to all the INTA members, including those from the Anticounterfeiting Latin America and Caribbean Subcommittee who attended both of these events.

For more information about INTA’s anticounterfeiting activities around the globe, please contact INTA’s
Anticounterfeiting Advisor, Maysa Razavi at

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