Conference preview: Europol Intellectual Property Crime Conference

06-09-2017

IACC

Conference preview: Europol Intellectual Property Crime Conference

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The Europol Intellectual Property Crime Conference on Innovative Strategies for Effective Enforcement, to be held in Antwerp on September 19 and 20, will tackle a range of counterfeiting issues from around the world. The International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition reports.

IP experts, members of law enforcement, policymakers and rights holders from around the world will convene on September 19 and 20 at the Hilton Antwerp Old Town, in Antwerp, Belgium, for the ‘Europol Intellectual Property Crime Conference on Innovative Strategies for Effective Enforcement’.

The conference is co-organised with the Belgian Customs Authority in partnership with UL (Underwriters Laboratories) and the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC). With a strong focus on tangible anti-counterfeiting measures, the conference will provide a detailed overview of the most recent innovations and strategies for the enforcement of IP rights.

“The conference brings together participants from different sectors, backgrounds and countries to deliver new insights and develop tangible actions in the fight against counterfeiting.”

Counterfeiting continues to evolve and become more sophisticated. The consequences of counterfeiting are wide-ranging and brands are not the only ones feeling the impact. The evasion of consumer safety standards and loss of tax revenue also negatively affects governments and therefore the general welfare of every individual. With this in mind, the conference brings together participants from different sectors, backgrounds and countries to deliver new insights and develop tangible actions in the fight against counterfeiting.

The conference features an impressive roster of keynote speakers, including Jan Jambon, deputy prime minister and Minister of Security and Home Affairs, Belgium; Rob Wainwright, executive director of Europol; António Campinos, executive director of the European Union Intellectual Property Office; Gitte Schøtz, president, UL Software; and Bob Barchiesi, president of the IACC.

A full agenda

The two-day conference is packed with content in a variety of formats that will enable attendees to interact, network, and discuss different aspects of IP crime. There are 12 breakout sessions, which will allow participants to take part in discussions on innovative strategies and law enforcement practices and learn about emerging IP crime trends.

From the Chinese police to Danish police, from Alibaba to the IP crime unit of Spain’s national police, the conference will offer opportunities to interact with players in the field and learn about challenges and strategies and the fight against counterfeiting and the protection of IP rights.

Throughout the conference a variety of organisations from differing industries will share their expertise on a broad scope of issues. Alibaba will offer insights on how it combats counterfeits and illicit trade using big data analytics, while representatives from the port of Antwerp will elaborate on the role of port authorities to support law enforcement in IP crimes.

Organisations such as the European Anti Fraud Office and the Spanish National Police will present case studies that demonstrate effective tactics, with the hope of furthering the exchange of best practices in the battle against counterfeiters.

Click here to visit the conference website for more information and to register (deadline: September 8).

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