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World Intellectual Property Organization Headquarters
Geneva, Switzerland

 

The Third Global Congress to Combat Counterfeiting & Piracy was held adjacent to World Intellectual Property Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, 30-31 January, 2007.

The Third Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy was convened by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) in cooperation with. the Global Business Leaders Alliance Against Counterfeiting (GBLAAC), the International Trademark Association (INTA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and the International Security Management Association (ISMA). Each year since its inception the Global Congress has been hosted on a rotating basis by the respective lead IGO. This year’s Global Congress was hosted by WIPO. The Congress was held on January 30 and 31, 2007, in Geneva, Switzerland; over 1,000 delegates attended.

Extending from recommendations made at the First Global Congress (Brussels, May 2004), the purpose of the Congress has been to raise awareness on the growing counterfeiting and piracy problems, share relevant information, develop strategies to combat the illegal trade and identify practical actions and potential solutions. The Lyon Declaration, developed at the Second Global Congress in 2005, identified four priority areas which have come to serve as the Congress’s mandate and outline for action. These four priorities are: (1) Raising Awareness; (2) Improving Cooperation and Coordination; (3) Building Capacity; and, (4) Promoting Better Legislation and Enforcement.

Drawing from this outline, the Third Global Congress was organized to enable participants to analyze progress made and suggest actions oriented towards the remaining challenges in each of the priority areas. Notably, the Congress also featured a special session on health and safety risks associated with counterfeiting and piracy; and this focus will become a fifth pillar of the Congress’ priority focus. In the course of the presentations and discussions, a number of suggestions were made and proposals announced on how the various stakeholders might more effectively combat counterfeiting and piracy. These suggestions and proposals have been collected informally in this document, with no official endorsement by the audience at-large, by the Global Congress Steering Group collectively, or by the individual convening organizations of the Global Congress. Nonetheless, the following extract from the discussions generates a valuable body of knowledge that significantly advances the concept of a global consensus on priority actions that must be collectively undertaken by governments and industry in meeting their common goal of reducing counterfeiting and piracy.

Key Presentations

Dr. Kamil Idris, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Michael S. Keplinger, Deputy Director General, WIPO

Ronald K. Noble, Secretary General, Interpol

Michel Danet, Secretary General, World Customs Organization

Guy Sebban, Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce (BASCAP)

Mrs. Dee Ann Weldon-Wilson, President, INTA (opening) -- (closing)

H. E. Mrs. Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister for Economy, Ministry of Economy and Commerce, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Bernd Pfaffenbach, Secretary of State, Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Germany

Honourable Amos Wako, Attorney General of Kenya

Ambassador Eckart GUTH, European Commission

H. E. Mr. Christoph Blocher, Federal Councillor, Federal Department of Justice and Police, Switzerland

John Dryden
Deputy Director for Science, Technology and Industry, OECD, Paris

Mr. Philip Onagwele Emafo, President, International Narcotics Control Board (INCB)

Mr. Rufus Yerxa, Deputy Director General, World Trade Organization (WTO)

H.E. Mr. Xiong Xuanguo, Vice President, The People’s Supreme Court, China

H.E. Mr. Teodor Baconschi, Ambassador, Senior Political Advisor to the President of Romania, Romania

The Honorable Justice L.T. Harms, Judge, Supreme Court of Appeal, South Africa

H.E. Mr. Datuk Hj. Mohd Shafie bin Hj. Apdal, Minister, Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, Malaysia

Mr. David Finn, Associate General Counsel, Worldwide Anti-Piracy and Anti-Counterfeiting, Microsoft, France (powerpoint)

Mr. Stephen Williams, General Counsel, Unilever, United Kingdom

Mr. Hisamitsu Arai, Senior Intellectual Property Analyst, former Secretary-General, Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters, Japan

Mr. Raaja Kanwar, Managing Director, Apollo International Ltd. and Vice Chairman, UFO Moviez, India

Mr. Valerio Reggi, Coordinator, Medicines Regulatory Support Team and Executive Secretary, International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce (IMPACT), World Health Organization (WHO)

Mr. Chris Israel, International Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Coordinator, United States Dpartment of Commerce, United States of America

Mrs. Aline Lecadre, Criminal Intelligence Officer, Interpol

Mr. Pierre Bertrand, Technical Administrator, WCO

Ms. Louise Van Greunen, Deputy Director, Enforcement and Special Projects Division, WIPO

Mr. Luc Pierre Devigne, Head of Intellectual Property Unit, Directorate General for Trade, European Commission

Mr. Christopher Stewart, Global Brand Manager, The Gallup Organization, United States of America

Mr. Robert L. Mallett, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Public Affairs and Policy, Pfizer Inc., United States of America

Mr. Brian Monks, Vice President, Anti-Counterfeiting Operations, Underwriters Laboratories Inc., United States of America