ICC BASCAP partners with IGOs on Sixth Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy
Paris The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), through its Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) initiative, will again be one of the business partners in organizing the Sixth Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy. The Congress will be held 2-3 February 2011 in P
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), through its Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) initiative, will again be one of the business partners in organizing the Sixth Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy. The Congress will be held 2-3 February 2011 in Paris.
Senior government officials and business leaders concerned about the enormous global problem of product counterfeiting and piracy will join together at the Congress to build cooperation and identify solutions to the increased trade in fake and pirated goods. More than 800 delegates from national and regional governments, international government organizations, non-governmental organizations and the private sector are expected at what has become one of the premier events for stakeholders concerned about this issue.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development estimates that more than US$250 billion in tangible counterfeit and pirated goods flow through international trade channels each year. In addition, law enforcement groups and others such as ICC have estimated that an additional US$750 billion is lost when domestic counterfeiting, digital piracy and other losses to the economy are included. It is a growing concern to governments, consumers and intellectual property (IP) rights holders, especially given the risks to consumer health and safety from the use of poor quality, dangerous fake goods.
“These Global Congresses provide an important opportunity to bring the public and private sectors together for open and frank dialogue aimed at finding practical solutions,” said BASCAP Coordinator Jeffrey Hardy. “BASCAP will again present the results of studies currently underway on measuring the scope and scale of this global problem, as well as new tools for combating the spread of counterfeiting and piracy which we hope will be of value to governments, IGOs and NGOs as well as the international business community.”
The Congress will be co-hosted by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the French intellectual property agency, the Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle (INPI). In addition to WIPO, the Congress is being convened by the World Customs Organization (WCO) and Interpol, representing the public sector; and ICC/BASCAP and the International Trademark Association (INTA), representing the private sector. ICC launched the BASCAP initiative to connect and mobilize businesses across industries, sectors and national borders in the fight against counterfeiting and piracy.
The theme of the Sixth Global Congress is “Building Respect for IP”. The agenda will feature senior government and business leaders from France, the United States, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, China and more than 20 other countries and regions presenting their perspectives on a wide range of topics and participating in dialogue sessions designed to maximize participant discussion and interaction. Session topics include protecting consumer health and safety, innovative financing for efficient IP enforcement, securing the supply chain, the role of intermediaries and stopping online counterfeiting and piracy. Building respect for IP through corporate social responsibility and sustainable development will also be highlighted.
For more information on the Congress agenda, speakers and how to participate, visit: www.ccapcongress.net.