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March 15, 2016 Vol. 71 No. 5 Back to Bulletin Main Page

Inaugural INTA-BASCAP Workshop Identifies Solutions and Trends in Anticounterfeiting Practices

On March 2 in Singapore, INTA and The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Business Action to Stop Online Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) launched the first in a series of workshops titled “Intermediaries and Rights Holders—Working Together to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy.” The series is focused on the pressing trends and priority issues affecting brand own-ers in the area of anticounterfeiting.

INTA CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo opened the workshop by citing the most recent Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) studies on the size of global trade in counterfeits, which was estimated at approximately USD 250 billion in 2009. Many estimates, he said, indicate that this number may now be around USD 2 trillion.
BASCAP’s Deputy Director Bill Dobson, citing the March 2015 BASCAP white paper on in-termediaries, said that “the problem of counterfeiting and piracy has grown hand-in-hand with the globalizing economy and it is evident that counterfeits account for a growing proportion of international trade.”

Intellectual Property Office of Singapore Director of Legal, Trina Ha, delivered the keynote ad-dress and highlighted the relationship between the trade in counterfeit goods and developing economies.

Discussion Points
The discussions focused on the need for cross-border cooperation and collaboration to prevent the movement of illicit goods; the need for landlords to play a role in improving the market-place’s safety by preventing the use of their premises for the sale of counterfeit goods; and tack-ling counterfeits online, among other topics.
Panelists in the discussion on cross-border cooperation noted that for counterfeiters, trade in these illicit goods are a business. To fight these illegal competitors, the panelists agreed on hold-ing intermediaries, such as shippers, to high standards, including implementing strong "Know Your Customer” (KYC) practices.

This first INTA-BASCAP workshop provided brand owners, government and intermediaries a platform to discuss issues, network and learn best practices. INTA and BASCAP are looking forward to organizing four more workshops for the remainder of the year in Africa, China, Eu-rope and Latin America. The next one will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, on August 31, 2016.

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