BASCAP has an established track record of working with companies and stakeholders across the globe. Our work spans several continents and is constantly expanding.
Where BASCAP works
BASCAP has recently established a Brazil working group, which has crafted an action plan drawing from the suggestions provided by its members. This action plan provides a blueprint for engagement on the ground and for assessing member priorities. It is updated periodically. The main axes of the plan are:
- Collaboration with industry associations: the Brazil working group members are committed to coordinating efforts with existing associations and identifying synergies for collaboration.
- Capacity building for law enforcement: This is one of the working group’s key priorities for this working group, which would like to explore the organisation of training workshops for law enforcement and the preparation of materials on enforcement of trademark and copyright laws.
- E-commerce: Proliferation of counterfeits on e-commerce platforms warrants attention by the Brazil working group.
- Link IPR violations to corruption: One of the main priorities in Brazil is fighting corruption. Curbing counterfeiting and piracy will depend, to a large extent, on progress in tackling corruption in all levels of the government, notably with law enforcement.
- Parcel/courier imports: Since there are no effective controls in imports that take place through courier services, the Brazil working group members would like to explore ways to engage with stakeholders on addressing this issue.
- First working group meeting: 28 February 2018
BASCAP members have discussed their interest in engagement in China for the past several years and have recently agreed to establish a China working group.
BASCAP will pursue a multi-pronged approach in order to establish the new China working group in a sustainable and strategic way. Planned activities include:
- Developing and running BASCAP best practices workshops
- Bringing together key stakeholders at roundtable events
- Building an alliance of Chinese brands and platforms around priority issues
- Drafting position papers, research papers
BASCAP commenced engagement in India in 2012 with the launch of BASCAP India report. The BASCAP India working group was subsequently established in July 2015. The main priorities identified by the Indian working group are:
- Developing a sustained dialogue with customs authorities—especially as regards the BASCAP IPR training manual on intellectual property rights—and initiating a dialogue on removal of bond guarantee submission
- E-commerce: Engaging with the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion regarding development of its e-commerce strategy, its engagement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and discussions on chargebacks as a viable model for counterfeits found online.
- Consumer protection
The Nigeria working group action plan draws from the recommendations in the BASCAP Nigeria report and from discussions with stakeholders including ICC Nigeria and the Anti-Counterfeiting Collaboration (ACC). The action plan is a blueprint for engagement in the country and for assessing the priorities of members. It will be updated periodically. The main axes of the plan are:
- Press for higher standards in Nigerian policy, law and enforcement : Review the recommendations in the BASCAP Nigeria report and determine which of those are priority for calling on the Nigerian government for action. In addition, determine which elements of the recommendations from the BASCAP Nigeria report are relevant for the IPCOM Bill.
- Conduct awareness campaigns: Identify partners to conduct the ‘I Buy Real: Fakes Cost More’ awareness campaign to educate consumers on the economic and social harms of counterfeit goods.
- Support capacity building programs: Provide support to in-country capacity building efforts in response to training programs identified by the BASCAP Nigeria working group. In addition, explore intergovernmental capacity building programmes.
BASCAP has been monitoring the situation in Russia for many years. At the International Forum on Anti-Counterfeiting in Moscow, in 2012, BASCAP unveiled its report on Promoting and Protecting the Value of IP in the Russian Federation. The report provides recommendations which include a wide range of policies and actions, from legal reforms and policy actions to technical assistance and capacity building measures, channels for international cooperation and tools for strengthening enforcement practices in Russia.
Russia remains on the Priority Watch List in 2017—USTR Special 301 Report 2017. Russia remains home to several sites that facilitate online piracy—USTR 2017 OCR of Notorious Markets. According to research persistently high levels of physical and online piracy, and illicit parallel imports are intellectual property (IP) challenges in Russia, with the country ranking in the EU’s 2015 List of Priority Countries—a report on the protection and enforcement of IPRs in third countries 2015.
BASCAP has identified several priority areas including:
- Raising IP awareness and strengthening Russia’s IP enforcement regime
- Awareness raising that a clear legal and regulatory system that protects IPRs could foster innovation and boost economic growth for the Russian Federation
- Encouraging government action and the allocation of resources to create an environment in which IP is respected and protected
- Establishing effective dialogue and stimulating increased collaboration among Russian government officials, brand owners associations and other stakeholders to tackle Russia’s outstanding IP enforcement issues
ICC/BASCAP, along with ICC Turkey and the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV), hosted a high-level conference designed to maximise the value of intellectual property (IP) in Turkey, in 2011. The conference brought together high-level government officials from Turkey along with senior business executives from Turkish and global companies to explore how the Turkish Government and Turkish firms can significantly benefit by promoting and protecting effective IPR. The conference lauched the ICC/BASCAP Turkey report, IP Policy and Legislative Recommendations, intended to help Turkey to address remaining challenges.
Turkey is a major source and transshipment point of physical pirated and counterfeit goods to markets around the globe and remains on watch lists (USTR Special 301 Report 2017), with high counterfeiting and online piracy rates and major gaps in practical judicial recourse and border control.
BASCAP has identified the following areas as deserving particular attention:
- Assisting Turkey in realising the significant economic stimulus provided by the strength of IP and encouraging government action to create an environment in which IP is respected and protected
- Creating greater awareness among Turkish government officials, businesses and Turkish IP associations of the need for increased action to address counterfeiting and piracy
- Establishing effective dialogue and stimulating increased collaboration among Turkish government officials, brand owners associations and other stakeholders to tackle Turkey’s outstanding IP enforcement issues
- ICC Turkey, together with TOBB, launched BASCAP’s Fakes Cost More/I Buy Real public awareness campaign in Turkey, Ankara, in April 2013
- BASCAP and ICC Turkey co-organized the 2nd meeting of ICC Turkey’s IPR Commission group, Instabul, May 2012
- BASCAP, ICC Turkey and TEPAV organized the first meeting of ICC Turkey’s IPR Commission group, Ankara, March 2012
- BASCAP together with ICC Turkey/The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) and the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) hosted a high level IP conference, Ankara, September 2011
ICC/BASCAP released and presented the BASCAP Ukraine IP Recommendations report to Ukrainian government officials at a high-level event co-organised by ICC/BASCAP, ICC Ukraine and the State Intellectual Property Service of Ukraine (SIPSU), in Kiev, in 2014. Ukraine is at a critical point in its transition to a fully developed economy and IP is important for its economic development and increased foreign investment. The ICC/BASCAP report outlines the value of IP and its importance to Ukraine’s economic growth and development. The report also includes policy and legislative recommendations to strengthen Ukraine’s IP enforcement regime.
Ukraine features among the highest rates of counterfeiting and piracy worldwide, with a generally poor environment for IP enforcement online and gaps in customs activities. In fact, Ukraine remains on priority watch lists (USTR Special 301 Report, 2017) and ranks on the EU’s List of Priority Countries (Report on the protection and enforcement of IPRs in third countries, 2015).
The main axes of BASCAP’s work plan in Ukraine are:
- Raising awareness on the value of IP and its importance to Ukraine’s economic growth and development
- Encouraging government action to strengthen its IP regime, in cooperation with established international channels and trading partners who stand ready to assist Ukraine
- Establishing effective dialogue and stimulating increased collaboration among Ukrainian government officials, brand owners associations and other stakeholders to tackle Ukraine’s outstanding IP enforcement issues
- ICC/BASCAP delivered a training seminar to national customs officers under the framework of the EU Twinning project, organised by the European Union Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM), Odessa, July 2016.
- BASCAP delivered a training seminar to national customs officers under the framework of the EU Twinning project (“Strengthening the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in Ukraine”, Kiev, March 2016).
- International Forum on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy organised by ICC Ukraine under the patronage of the Ukrainian Government, Kiev, April 2015.
- High-level IP event co-organized by ICC/BASCAP, ICC Ukraine and the State Intellectual Property Service of Ukraine (SIPSU), Kiev, June 2014.
BASCAP members selected Vietnam to commence engagement in ASEAN due to the increasing rates of counterfeiting affecting business operations. BASCAP established the Vietnam working group of in country and regional representatives.
A new BASCAP report Promoting and Protecting Intellectual Property in Vietnam, due in 2018, will study the IP landscape in Vietnam and measures the government has taken in recent years to strengthen the protection and enforcement of copyright and trademark laws. BASCAP recognises that much work remains to be done in Vietnam to both strengthen the value and protection of IP rights and to guard against counterfeiting and piracy. The report will therefore introduce policy and legislative recommendations that work towards reducing counterfeiting and increasing the economic benefits associated with a strong system of IP rights.