This webinar will address the role of customs authorities and border measures in the effective enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPRs). IPR infringing goods, and especially counterfeit trademark and pirated copyright goods, harm the economy of the country of destination and threaten the health, security and safety of its population. The detection of IPR infringing goods originating from abroad, and suspending their release into free circulation at the point of entry is therefore crucial. The session will also present IP border enforcement from an international perspective, specifically focusing on international cooperation among customs authorities.
- Ms. Alaina van Horn, Chief, Intellectual Property Enforcement Branch, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, United States of America
- Mr. Maurice Adefalou, Technical Officer IPR, Health and Safety Programme manager, World Customs Organization (WCO)
13:00 – 13:05 Brief presentation of the speakers
13:05 – 13:30 IP enforcement at the border: a national perspective
13:30 – 13:45 International cooperation among customs authorities
13:45 – 14:00 Q&A
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