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Combating Counterfeits: Legal Enforcement ‘Tools’ Available


Timothy Trainer Founder Global Intellectual Property Strategy Center, P.C. Telephone: 202-955-1144 Email: ttrainer@globalipsc.com


This session will explore current U.S. laws that are available to intellectual property rights (IPR) owners, primarily, federal criminal and customs provisions and current legislation in Congress. In addition, the session will identify legal requirements on the U.S.’s trading partners arising from free trade agreements and other international standards and current negotiations involving the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). In addition to “legal” tools, government resources will be identified as additional tools that stretch limited corporate resources. The session will also raise basic questions that should be explored in determining the IPR enforcement structure in foreign markets. Finally, the session will suggest recommended complementary IPR training that might be provided in foreign markets in order for U.S. companies to improve their image as good corporate citizens in foreign markets.


Timothy Trainer established the Global IP Strategy Center, P.C., in 2005. He has focused on intellectual property enforcement and policy issues for 20 years. His IPR experience includes government service with the U.S. Customs Service, Intellectual Property Rights Branch (now CBP) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Office of Legislative and International Affairs. In the private sector, Mr. Trainer has worked at a law firm and headed the Washington, DC-based International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition before establishing his current consulting firm. He has delivered IPR presentations and conducted training in approximately 50 countries. Mr. Trainer has also testified before US Congressional committees and represented the US at the World Intellectual Property Organization. While President of the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition, he was involved with INTERPOL’s IP Crime Action Group and also co-chaired the UN Economic Commission for Europe’s IP Working Group. Mr. Trainer teaches as an adjunct law professor at American University and has written and published numerous IPR related articles and books. Since 2006, he has co-authored Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Across Borders, an annually published book by Thomson West. Regarding IPR public awareness, he has developed an online IPR game awareness tool.

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