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Testimony made on need for greater strategic elements to fight counterfeiting

Global Intellectual Property Strategy Center : 08 April, 2009  (Company News)
Founder of the Global Intellectual Property Strategy Center speaks to house committee on the need for the deployment of more strategic resources in the continuing battle against brand piracy and counterfeiting
Timothy Trainer of Global Intellectual Property Strategy Center has testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in Los Angeles. "Governments around the world have enacted new and stronger intellectual property laws, seized hundreds of millions of dollars worth of infringing goods and prosecuted criminals, yet, the overall picture of global counterfeiting and piracy appears generally unchanged from a decade ago," he testified. Trainer added, "the latest available customs seizure statistics for a one year period from the US, European Union and Japan total 80,000 border enforcement actions to protect intellectual property."

Mr Trainer referred to several specific cases within the past two years, including a case involving computer networking components and another involving attempts to enter hundreds of shipments into the United States. "The troubling aspect of these cases is that after many years of attacking this problem with raids, seizures, and prosecutions, we continue to see an onslaught of illegal activity that is undeterred," he testified.

Trainer's recommendations included the need for more enforcement resources, including the need for more Customs officers in the field because of the increased health and safety risks, but also due to the evidence of undeterred counterfeiters and pirates trading in all types of products. He added that, "the singular message of more IP enforcement may be insufficient and inadequate." He urged the Government and industry "to become more creative and imaginative in their messaging about intellectual property by explaining and demonstrating the benefits and advantages of intellectual property." In his list of recommendations, Trainer encourages Congress "to fund intellectual property programs for Executive Branch agencies specifically addressing public awareness and education programs."

"It is no longer sufficient for us to rely on the simple message that more enforcement is needed. The concrete evidence tells us that we need a multi-dimensional approach to this problem. I am ready to contribute in that regard," Trainer concluded.

Mr Trainer established the Global Intellectual Property Strategy Center in 2005. Through the firm, Mr Trainer assists clients in drafting legislation and negotiating specialized intellectual property licenses. He also advises clients on corporate intellectual property enforcement strategic planning and monitors global developments in intellectual property enforcement. Mr Trainer has conducted numerous intellectual property training programs abroad. He is also an adjunct law professor at American University and Thomas Cooley Law School.
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