Washington DC
21 November 2017
Reporter: Jenna Lomax

ICE and industry team up to fight IP crime


US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has teamed up with Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) industry representatives and other US government enforcers to counter IP crimes.

At an event held by the National IP Rights Coordination Centre (IPR Centre) and led by ICE, attendees shared intelligence and developed new strategies to crack down on IP crimes that “support transnational criminal organisations and threaten the health and safety of American consumers”

Industry leaders from the automotive sector, ecommerce platforms, financial services and express consignment businesses attended the event, working towards discovering the best practices and strategies to make online shopping safe for US consumers and free of counterfeit items.

Kasie Brill, senior director of brand protection at the Global Innovation Policy Center, said: "We all suffer real consequences when criminals traffic in counterfeit products. It impacts jobs, tax revenues, and consumer health and safety.”

She said: “Working together with the IPR Centre, we can address these issues and reap the benefits of increased innovation and economic output across industry sectors and increase access to life-changing products for consumers."

Acting director of the IPR Centre, Nick Annan, added: “We are committed to targeting and investigating individuals trafficking counterfeit goods that threaten the health and safety of the American public and support criminal organizations.”

He added: “The creation of collaborative innovative strategies between industry and law enforcement will ensure that counterfeiters have nowhere to hide.”

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