Intellectual Property Industry Leaders Convene to Discuss Enforcement at the IACC Annual Fall Conference

Scottsdale, Arizona – October 20, 2016 – The IACC 2016 Annual Fall Conference kicked off on Wednesday, October 19th in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Fall Conference aimed to foster dialogue between rights-holders and enforcement agencies; and to promote partnerships to stop the production, sale and shipment of counterfeit goods. Dominic Lanza, Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney, United States Attorney's Office - District of Arizona, delivered the Conference’s keynote address.

“The Fall Conference provides members, customs officials, enforcement agencies and other industry leaders the opportunity to network and share best practices on combatting fakes,” said IACC President Bob Barchiesi. “I’m confident that attendees will return home armed with new information and connections that will help them in protecting their brands.”

Counterfeiters operate in a complex network that spans borders, making it difficult for authorities to track them. In fact, recent reports show that imports of counterfeit and pirated goods are worth nearly half a trillion dollars a year, or around 2.5% of global imports[1].

Sessions at the conference addressed this issue, with experts in the industry providing insight on specific topics such as Brexit’s impact on intellectual property protection, the challenges that customs agencies experience in stopping fakes from crossing borders, and ways to address brand infringement on social media.

For more information about this year’s conference, please visit http://www.iacc.org/conferences/fall-conference.

About the IACC

The IACC (www.iacc.org) is a Washington, DC-based not for profit organization representing the interests of companies concerned with trademark counterfeiting and the related theft of intellectual property. The members of the IACC include many of the world’s best-known brands across all product sectors. The IACC has played a leading role in the development of cross-industry voluntary agreements, to address the illicit trafficking of counterfeit and pirated goods online, including its IACC MarketSafe® and RogueBlock® initiatives.

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[1] Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Trade in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods: Mapping the Economic Impact (2016).

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