Online shopping and new patterns of consumption are boosting cross-border trade, and warehouses, free trade zones and post boxes are replacing shops as the trading posts of the future. This transformation has greatly benefitted consumers yet the high volume of goods being sent across borders by individual parcel has opened up new opportunities for illicit trade in counterfeit goods. This makes it more important than ever to address governance gaps and step up enforcement to counter the infringement of Intellectual Property Rights.
The European Commission, EUIPO and OECD will bring together governments, enforcement agencies and multinational companies to discuss how to enforce IP regulations and combat counterfeit trade at the third International Forum on IP Enforcement at the OECD Conference Centre on 12-13 June. This builds on similar IP Enforcement Summits in London and Berlin in 2014 and 2017.
Speakers will include:
Christian Archambeau, executive director, EUIPO
David Lossignol, president, International Trademark Association (INTA)
Vishal Amin, U.S. IP enforcement coordinator (IPEC), White House
Ana B. Hinojosa, director, compliance and facilitation, World Customs Organisation
Minelik Alemu Getahun, assistant director general, World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
Jari Matti Liukku, head of the European serious organised crime centre, Europol
Rodolphe Gintz, director general of customs, France
All Forum sessions are open to the media and the plenary sessions will be webcast at this link. Further information, including the event agenda, is available on the conference website and on the EUIPO’s Forum page.