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1 INTERNATIONAL TRADEMARK ASSOCIATION Thats Just Tip of the Iceberg

2 INTERNATIONAL TRADEMARK ASSOCIATION With More then 630 FTZs

3 INTERNATIONAL TRADEMARK ASSOCIATION DISRUPTING THE ROUTING ROUTING OPPORTUNITIES FOR COUNTERFEITERS ARE UNLIMITED ALL WE CAN DO FOR NOW IS TO DISRUPT WE CANNOT ELIMINATE THE PROBLEM

4 INTERNATIONAL TRADEMARK ASSOCIATION Glimpse Operation FAKE – EU Customs & European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) -November 2005 (http://ec.europa.eu/anti_fraud/fake/press/case_en.pdf)http://ec.europa.eu/anti_fraud/fake/press/case_en.pdf From Ningbo (China) to Antwerp (Belgium) on Vessel Unloading in Antwerp (Belgium) to Warsaw (Poland) via Road (did not make sense to Customs Officer) Declaration on papers – plastic bowls Discovery on inspection – counterfeit cigarettes

5 INTERNATIONAL TRADEMARK ASSOCIATION Types of Counterfeiting Operations through FTZs Re-export and distribution after sanitizing documents Re-packaging or labeling of unfinished goods and then exporting then as finished goods Complete manufacturing of counterfeit goods

6 INTERNATIONAL TRADEMARK ASSOCIATION Solutions LEGISLATE – that transshipment and transit of counterfeit goods is infringement of trademark rights – avoid situations like AM Moolla Group Case in South Africa or Diesel Case in EU TARGETED RISK ASSESMENT – of course, inspection of all containers is impossible – but special risk assessment operations are always possible – will certainly cause disruption ITS A CRIME, NOT A REVENUE LOSS – right holders want to get the crooks and national authorities also want to get the crooks but do not want reduction in revenues – we need to talk priorities

7 INTERNATIONAL TRADEMARK ASSOCIATION THANK YOU


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