WCO Asia Pacific Regional Workshop on IPR Border Enforcement in Shanghai, China 2-6 Dec 2013

12 December 2013

The Asia Pacific Regional Office for Capacity Building (ROCB A/P), in cooperation with the WCO and China Customs,organized the WCO Asia Pacific Regional Workshop on IPR Border Enforcementin the Regional Training Center in Shanghai, China from 2 to 6 December 2013 under the sponsorship of Customs Cooperation Fund/Japan.

A total of 26 participants from 26 countries took part in the workshop.The workshop was led by IPR experts from the WCO, Japan and Hong Kong, China. Participants shared the knowledge and good practices for IPR border enforcement. Through the workshop, participants’ awareness of the damages of counterfeit and infringing goodswas raised. The application of TRIPS’ Agreement and Interface Public-Members (IPM)were introduced.

There were sessions for 16 right holders to give their presentations on identification of genuine and counterfeit goods. Participants were also given practical exercises in relation to risk assessment and selection of suspicious air cargoes and sea cargoes. Participants gave positive feedbacks and were able to apply what they had learned immediately. Finally, all participants indicated that they would pass what they had learned onto their home Customs administrations.