The International Chamber of Commerce’s initiative, Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP), and the International Trademark Association (INTA) are joining forces once again next month to host a probing workshop focusing on the roles and responsibilities of intermediaries in enforcing intellectual property rights.
The one-day workshop will be held at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town on 31 August bringing together major stakeholders from across Africa to explore opportunities for rights holders, intermediaries and governments, to work together to scale up solutions to combat counterfeiting and piracy. It is the second installment of ICC BASCAP and INTA’s series of joint workshops, following on from a successful event held in Singapore in March.
The workshops are an important step in bringing rights holders and intermediaries together for open and balanced discussions in an effort to find ways to stop counterfeiters from infiltrating the global supply chain.
“We are excited to host our second regional workshop in Cape Town given that Africa is an increasingly important market and that South Africa is a major hub for doing business on the continent,” said William Dobson Deputy Director of ICC-BASCAP. “Featuring experts from brand owners, intermediaries and government, the workshops are an important step in bringing rights holders and intermediaries together for open and balanced discussions in an effort to find ways to stop counterfeiters from infiltrating the global supply chain.”
Entitled Intermediaries and Rights Holders-Working Together to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy, the workshop will feature four informative sessions examining how best to stop the flow of goods across borders, how to eliminate the criminal’s place of doing business, the challenges of the Internet as a marketplace and efforts to disrupt the revenue stream of counterfeiters.
BASCAP representative Stephane Fauliau is also set to divulge a number of best practices from the BASCAP report Roles and Responsibilities of Intermediaries: Fighting Counterfeiting and Piracy in the Supply Chain, while INTA will share some of its best practices for addressing the sale of counterfeits through voluntary collaboration.
Registration for the event is currently open.