On 17 and 18 July, the EU and the U.S. convened a session of the Transatlantic Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Working Group in Brussels to discuss cooperation in the IPR field relevant for both IP rights holders and users.
On July 16, Lev Kubiak, Director of the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee on U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s and the IPR Center’s work to combat trade fraud, including intellectual property rights violations. “IP violations and trade fraud pose significant threats to the U.S. economy...
June 5. The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) launches “Turn Back Crime”, INTERPOL’s global campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of organized crime and its impact on everyday life. Using a variety of media channels, the campaign provides information on how to stay safe and encourages private businesses, government agencies, and the general public to play an active role in the fight against organized criminal activity. The initial topic for the campaign is that of illicit trade and the counterfeiting of commercial goods. Turn Back Crime is supported by a dedicated website (www.turnbackcrime.com) that serves as the public face of this global initiative.
April 30, 2014. Today, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released its annual “Special 301” Report on the adequacy and effectiveness of U.S. trading partners’ protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR).