More than 500 senior decision-makers from 70 countries convened today in Dubai to identify solutions to the escalating global problem of product counterfeiting and piracy of intellectual property and to put an end to the damaging effects it is having on consumer health and safety, government resources and revenues, innovation and foreign investment.
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Planning is underway for the Fourth Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy. With the cooperation and support of ICC through its Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy initiative, the gathering will take place in Dubai, UAE from 3-5 February 2008.
ICC today commended G8 leaders for continuing to address the complicated and growing epidemic of counterfeiting and piracy at the annual G8 Summit, but expressed disappointment at the lack of substance on these issues in the outcome statement released at the G8 Summit in Heiligendamm last week.
ICC welcomed yesterday’s announcement that the Chinese Public Security Bureau, working with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and customs offices in more than 27 countries, has raided what appears to be the largest software counterfeiting operation ever uncovered.
Last November ICC Counterfeit Intelligence Bureau (CIB) reported on a case in Panama where 43 people died after consuming counterfeit medicine. The New York Times recently conducted an in-depth investigation into the tragedy and uncovered new information about the origin and ingredients of the fake medication.
The summary of the counterfeiting and piracy study released today by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) represents the most comprehensive and thorough investigation of the problem ever conducted, and a vital step towards a more complete understanding of the scope and harmful effects of this illegal activity, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) said.
The ICC Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau (CIB) is growing increasingly concerned about the growing market presence of fake avian flu medication.
Top government officials, business leaders, and international law enforcement officials together hailed the increased level of international cooperation in combating counterfeiting and piracy. They called for an even greater marshalling of efforts and resources to counter the escalation in this illicit trade which threatens consumer health and safety and undermines economic development.
Alarmed that counterfeiting and piracy have become a social and economic scourge leaving virtually no sector or country unharmed, CEOs and senior corporate officials met today to announce a wide-ranging new plan for ramping up the fight at the highest international levels.
Global companies say more government enforcement is what is needed most to win the fight against counterfeiting and piracy, according to the results of a new survey unveiled today by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).