ROCBA/P Promotes WCO Tools for Combating Transnational Counterfeiting



19 May 2015, Bangkok, Thailand

At the invitation by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Ms. Alpha Wong of the ROCB A/P participated and contributed to the ASEAN-USPTO Workshop on Effective Practices in Transnational Cooperation in the Border Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), which was held on 19-21 May 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. A total of 42 persons representing Customs administrations from the ASEAM Members and other Asian countries, as well as the private sector, participated in this Workshop. Representatives from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (US CBP), the INTERPOL, the ROCB A/P, the UNODC and various industries joined the Workshop as speakers.

It was the third time that the ASEAN Secretariat and the USPTO Global Intellectual Property Academy in cooperation with the US CBP and the Homeland Security Investigations/Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the United States Department of Homeland Security, with support from the United States Department of State, organized this Workshop. The main objective was providing an opportunity for different IPR stakeholders to share their knowledge and experience in IPR protection with a view to strengthening their connectivity and cooperation in combating transnational piracy and counterfeiting activities. The participants exchanged their views on the challenges in IPR protection and shared their latest strategies to tackle the problems.
On behalf of the WCO and the ROCB A/P, Ms. Wong made a presentation to introduce the WCO’s approach in IPR protection and the functions of the ROCB A/P in coordinating IPR-related enforcement capacity building activities. She remarked the vital role of the WCO in supporting Members to strengthen their cooperation at multiple levels with the application of WCO tools and instruments. The mobile version of Interface Public Member (IPM) was highlighted and Customs administrations were encouraged to extend the access of IPM to frontline officers in order to enhance their capacity in identifying suspicious counterfeited goods on the spot.
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