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Madinat Jumeriah
Dubai, U.A.E

The Fourth Global Congress to Combat Counterfeiting & Piracy was hosted by the World Customs Organization with the support of Dubai Customs. The Congress was held at the Madinat Jumeriah, Dubai, U.A.E, 3-5 February 2008.

Top government officials, business leaders and senior law enforcement authorities urged national and international political leaders to engage in the battle against counterfeiting and piracy. The call for increased action came at the close of the Fourth Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy held in Dubai from 3-5 February 2008. The international event brought together over 1,200 delegates from 90 countries and was held under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Ruler of Dubai. The event was hosted by the World Customs Organization (WCO) with the support of Dubai Customs.

The Fourth Global Congress was organized to enable participants to identify actions and solutions to the growing problem of product counterfeiting and piracy. Along with the WCO, the Congress was convened by the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) with the cooperation of the world’s business community, represented by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) through its Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) initiative, the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the International Security Management Association (ISMA). It is the first Congress held away from the European headquarters of WCO, INTERPOL and WIPO.

More than 50 speakers from 25 countries delivered proposals for more effectively combating counterfeiting and piracy around the general themes of: enhanced cooperation and coordination; improved legislation and enforcement; the need to increase public and political awareness of counterfeiting and piracy activities and their associated economic and social harm; the threat to human health and safety; the need to develop required legislation and appropriate enforcement measures to deter and punish traffickers of counterfeit and pirated goods in free trade zones and transhipment countries; and the urgent need for concrete and practical solutions to address the sale of counterfeit and pirated products over the Internet. These themes will be developed into a series of key recommendations for specific actions to be released as the Dubai Declaration at the end of February 2008.

Commenting on the outcome of the Congress, the Director General of Dubai Customs, Mr. Ahmed Butti Ahmed said that the Congress had been a great success and represented a platform from which all concerned stakeholders could work to achieve security for all. He underlined the importance of high-level political support in ensuring that progress was made in the battle against counterfeiting and piracy.

Mr. Michel Danet, Secretary General of the World Customs Organization and lead co-organizer of this year’s event, applauded the successful conclusion of the Congress and highlighted the urgency of dealing with counterfeiting and piracy around the world. He said that strong political will and commitment such as that demonstrated by the authorities of Dubai was essential. He spoke of the need for global legislation to fight the scourge of counterfeiting and piracy to enable effective implementation of these laws by police, customs and judicial authorities. Mr. Danet heralded the partnership that had been established with the private sector in the context of the first Global Congress which, he said, gave an impetus to the debate. The private sector was motivated not only by their desire to protect their intellectual property rights, but to safeguard the well-being of consumers, he said.

Mr. Michael Keplinger, Deputy Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), underlined the importance of the Congress as a means of raising political and public awareness of the scale of the problems of counterfeiting and piracy. He said that the substantive discussions which had taken place would be the basis of solid and sound recommendations around which it would be possible to mobilize broad-based support for the future work of the Congress. He said that WIPO would continue its efforts to support the development of an effective international legal framework to safeguard the rights of intellectual property owners. He added that WIPO was committed to continuing its capacity-building initiatives and training programs to ensure that countries around the world were better able to tackle this escalating problem.

Mr. John Newton, responsible for the Intellectual Property crime program of INTERPOL said that counterfeiting and piracy had infiltrated every market. He said that the industrial scale of this illicit trade was clear evidence of the involvement of organized crime, which was a source of great concern for all. He added that significant results had already been achieved in regional multi-agency operations which would provide a platform for further action around the world.

Mr. David Benjamin, Senior Vice President Anti-Piracy for the Universal Music Group, called for the engagement of all senior politicians in the battle against counterfeiting and piracy. He said that counterfeiting and piracy affected all sectors of the economy where creativity, invention and innovation were important. He said that more and more of the gross domestic product (GDP) of all countries was based on intellectual property. He called for quick action to deal with this widespread problem which was damaging all economic sectors. “People are dying, creative communities are being decimated and our cultural heritage is being strip-mined,” he said.

Mr. Richard Heath, President-Elect of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and Vice President of Unilever PLC, urged the maintenance of the public-private partnership that characterized the Congress. He spoke of the need to raise awareness of the problems of counterfeiting and piracy at the most senior levels both within business and government circles. He said that it was necessary to further raise awareness of the problem and to develop evolving legal frameworks to effectively meet the challenges. He spoke of the widespread economic and social damage resulting from the illicit trade in fake products and underlined the need for punishments to fit the crime.


Key Presentations

Mr. Ahmed Butti Ahmed, Director General of Dubai Customs

Mr. Michel Danet – Secretary General World Customs Organization (WCO)

Mr. Ronald K. Noble – Secretary General INTERPOL

Mr. Michael Keplinger – Deputy Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Mr. David Benjamin – Co-Chair Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) and Senior Vice President Anti-Piracy Universal Music Group

Mr. Richard Heath – President-Elect International Trademark Association (INTA) and VP Legal – Global Anti-Counterfeiting Counsel, Unilever PLC

Mr. Steve Allen – Senior Director Global Security Europe Middle East and Africa, Pfizer

Mr. Jorge Amigo – Director General of the Mexican Institute of Intellectual Property, Mexico

Mr. David Asante-Apeatu – Director Specialized Crime & Analysis INTERPOL (speech | presentation)

Dr. Luiz Paulo Teles Ferreira Barreto – Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Brazil and President of the National Council on Combating Piracy and Intellectual Property

Mr. Marcos Bonturi – Head of the Structural Policy Division in the Directorate for Science Technology and Industry, Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD)

Mr. Sandro Calvani – Director, UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey – Africa Matters Ltd.

Mr. Jack Chang – Quality Brands Protection Committee (QBPC) China and Senior IP Counsel GE Asia

Mr. Noel Colpin – Administrator of Customs & Excise, Belgium

Mr. Faisal Daudpota – Past Manager Anti-counterfeiting INTA and Counsel Al Tamimi & Company

Mr. Luc-Pierre Devigne – Head of Unit for Public Procurement and Intellectual Property, directorate General for Trade European Commission (EC)

Mrs. Diaz de Vivar -- Director General Customs, Paraguay

Mr. Daouda Diouf – Director, Société Industrielle de Générateurs Electriques (S.I.G.ELEC), Senegal

Mr. David Finn – Associate General Counsel Worldwide Anti-Piracy and Anti-Counterfeiting, Microsoft

Mr Jacques Franquet – Security Vice President Sanofi-Aventis

Mr. Mohammed Al Haif – Director, GCC Customs Union Department, GCC General Secretariat

Mr. Jeff Hardy – International Chamber of Commerce, BASCAP Coordinator

Mr. Ashley How – European Director, Pharmaceutical Security Institute (PSI)

Mr. David Howard – Chairman International Authentication Association (IAA) and Director, Product Protection, Global Brand Integrity, Johnson & Johnson Medical Device & Diagnostics

Mr. Len Hynds – Head of Enforcement, International Federation of Phonographic Industries (IFPI)

Mr. Marc-Antoine Jamet – Chairman Union des Fabricants (UdF)

Mr. Giovanni Kessler – High Commissioner to Combat Counterfeiting & Piracy, Italy

Mr. Masakatsu Koike – Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Japan

Mr. Bilal Khan – Customs and Airmail Expert, International Bureau, Universal Postal Union

Mr. KHOO Boon Hui – Commissioner of Police, Singapore and INTERPOL Executive Committee Member and Vice-President for Asia

Mr. Bruce Longbottom – Associate General Counsel, Trademarks, Copyrights & Information Technology, Eli Lilly and Company

Ms. Nathalie Moullé-Berteaux – Director of Global Intellectual Property for the Fashion and Leather Goods Division of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton

Mr. Richard Nessary – Associate General Counsel, eBay Inc.

Mr. Wayne Paugh – Deputy U.S. Coordinator for International Intellectual Property Enforcement, U.S. Department of Commerce

Mr. Nick Proctor – Representative International Security Management Association (ISMA) and Head of Global Security, British America Tobacco

Mr. Marco Pautasso – Acting Director-Advisor, Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Sector, WIPO

Ms. Paula Nelson – Vice President and General Counsel (Intellectual Property), Nestlé S.A.

Mr. John Newton – Project Manager IP Rights Project, INTERPOL

Mr. Michael Prideaux – Director Corporate & Regulatory Affairs, British American Tobacco

Mr. Pushpendra Rai – Acting Director, Intellectual Property and Economic Development Division, WIPO

Dr. Valerio Reggi – Executive Secretary IMPACT initiative, World Health Organization

Mr. Rocky Rowe – Adviser Trade Issues, European Crop Protection Association

Mr. Michael Schmitz – Director Enforcement & Facilitation, WCO

Mr. Omar Shteiwi – Chair Brand Protection Group (Dubai) and Regional Intellectual Property Adviser, Nestle

Dr. Ana Lúcia Gomes Soares – Executive Secretary of the National Council on Combating Piracy and Intellectual Property, Brazil

Mr. Wolfgang Starein – Director Enforcement and Special Projects, WIPO

His Excellent Sultan Bin Sulayem – Chairman Dubai World

Mr. John Tarpey – Director Global Communications, WIPO

Mr. Jeff Vandekerckhove – Chair of the WCO SECURE Working Group and Vice President IP Creation and Counseling, Trademarks, Designs & Domain Names, Philips Intellectual Property Rights and Standards

Mr. Wang Zhi Guang -- Director IP Division of Economic Crime Investigation, Deptartment of the Ministry of Public Security, China

Mr. Zhu Gaozhang – Director General of International Cooperation of General Administration of China Customs

Mr. Jan Zijderveld –Chair of Unilever Middle East & Africa and current Chairman of the GCC Advertisers Association

Mr. Christophe Zimmermann – Co-ordinator for the Fight against Counterfeiting and Piracy, WCO