12 April 2005 21:31 [Source: ICIS news]
In addition to two ranking officials from DoC, the delegation includes officials from the office of the US Trade Representative (USTR), the US Patent & Trademark Office, the US Customs Office, the Department of Justice (DoJ), State Department and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
They are visiting
The official tour is part of the federal government’s newly launched “Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy” or STOP, which is designed to “deepen cooperative enforcement efforts and to work toward coordinated international solutions to stop trade in fake goods,” DoC said.
In meetings with trade officials in the four countries, said DoC, the
Launched in October last year, the STOP programme also has a Web site devoted to intellectual property rights (IPR) and their protection: www.stopfakes.gov
A DoC spokesman said Tuesday he was unsure whether the delegation would seek new policy statements from the host governments concerning piracy and counterfeiting of US products and technology.
Also today, a spokesman for the private-sector US Chamber of Commerce (USCoC) applauded the federal government’s effort, saying that “without concerted enforcement action, counterfeiting and piracy will only get worse.”
The USCoC said the annual global trade in illegitimate goods has risen from $5.5bn (Euro4.25bn) in 1982 to some $600bn today. The chamber also noted that “there is strong evidence to suggest that organized criminal groups and terrorist organizations are involved in counterfeiting and piracy schemes.”
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