BUILDING EFFECTIVE PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS
TO ENFORCE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
The IPR Business Partnership is an inclusive group of more than 40 global businesses covering many industry sectors which hold rights to intellectual property and is a forum for public-private sector debate, discussion and innovation with the express purpose of promoting public-private partnership as a key weapon in combating infringements of intellectual property rights.
This web-site seeks to outline the work that the group undertakes in support of the global fight against counterfeiting and piracy, provides specific information for law enforcement authorities (Customs and Police agencies) to assist them in identifying unlawful counterfeiting activities and encourages other rights holders whose business is being adversely affected by this illegal trade to join the Partnership and participate in our activities.
THE IMPACT OF COUNTERFEITING AND PIRACY
Counterfeiting and piracy are serious economic crimes that have many negative consequences. The capacity of an economy to create and innovate is reduced, consumers are exposed to danger, the viability of commercial enterprises is undermined, there is a disincentive to inward investment and job creation, government revenues are reduced and the proceeds from counterfeiting and piracy, fund international criminal enterprises. The IPR Business Partnership believes that these serious outcomes can best be reduced by active co-operation between IP rights owners and the Customs, Police and other frontline law enforcement officials.
Skills enhancement: Working with intergovernmental agencies as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), World Customs Organization (WCO) and Interpol we have more than 10 years experience in enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of intellectual property rights enforcement by providing assistance and technical support for capacity building efforts, including practical training with a particular focus on customs administrations, police forces and other competent national enforcement agencies.
Consistency: We seek to achieve fairness of application and international consistency through the offering advice and experience on legislative and procedural reform and implementation:
Information sharing: We support the development of new, imaginative methods of risk assessment, trend analysis and the sharing of information between IP rights holders and public sector organizations and agencies.
Implementation of best practices: Our Partnership supports the development and cascading of international best practices to national enforcement agencies so as to strengthen global IPR enforcement efforts.
Efficient destruction methods: We promote the use of cost effective and environmentally sensitive methods to dispose of counterfeit or pirated product.
Building effective partnerships: By contributing to the enforcement initiatives of WIPO, WCO, Interpol and regional inter-governmental projects we seek to achieve synergy between rights holders and the public sector. The IPR Business Partnership also provides support to the Global Congress against Counterfeiting and Piracy and works closely with key national trade/rights holder organizations.
HOW WE HELP
At a practical level, the IPR Business Partnership:
enhances the effectiveness and efficiency of intellectual property rights enforcement by providing assistance and technical support for capacity building efforts, including practical training with a particular focus on Customs administrations, Police forces and other enforcement agencies;
offers advice and technical support on legislative and procedural reform and implementation; so as to promote and achieve international consistency and fairness of application;
supports and develops new and innovative methods of risk assessment, trend analysis and information sharing between intellectual rights holders and public sector organizations and agencies;
assists rights holders and the public sector through the development of methodologies that promote and aid the implementation of best practices;
promotes effective, efficient and environmentally sensitive methods of disposal of seized counterfeit or pirated product;
contributes toward the enforcement initiatives of:
(a) The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the World Customs Organization (WCO), Interpol and regional inter-governmental projects and programs
(b) The Global Congress against Counterfeiting and Piracy
(c) Key national trade/rights holder organizations