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Jilin, China

Training & Study Visit on Cross-Border IP Enforcement

Counterfeiting and piracy have a significant effect on the global economy, making it a priority issue for enforcement authorities. In light of this, IP Key China co-hosted a 3-day training course with the Ministry of Public Security of the People’s Republic of China (MPS) on 28-31 October 2019 in Changchun, Jilin province. Closed-door sessions allowed police enforcement specialists from the EU and China to share the latest investigatory tools in IP criminal cases at a time when counterfeiting networks are often highly sophisticated, international operations.

The event was attended by representatives from the European Union Observatory, the Quality Brands Protection Committee (QBPC), the German Customs Liaison Office to China, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the Food and drug crime investigation Division, Jilin provincial public security department, Alibaba, Tencent, INTERPOL, the copyright office of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee (SCIO), and the Food and Drugs Investigation team of Shanghai Municipal Public Security Bureau.

Topics covered included:

  • counterfeit as a global threat: its impact and the role of organised criminal groups;
  • review of evidence in IP cases;
  • emerging threats in EU-China trade, and routes taken by fakes;
  • the importance of international cooperation with China’s Public Security Bureau (PSB) and intra-agency coordination;
  • administrative enforcement of IP cases;
  • online investigation technology;
  • internet and e-commerce platform governance.

Building on above co-operation, IP Key China will lead a Study Visit of six senior Chinese officials to the Netherlands and Belgium between 9 - 15 December 2019. In the Netherlands, the Deputy Director General delegation will travel to EUROPOL to discuss the latest developments and challenges in criminal investigations before meeting with Dutch prosecution and customs authorities to look at national level issues such as building public prosecution cases against suspected IPR criminals. In Brussels, the delegation will travel to the European Commission Directorate General for Economic Inspection before meeting with the European Brands Association - AIM and International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, two organisations that will present the enforcement perspective for European brands and individuals. The Study Visit aims to build EU-China networks through in-depth knowledge exchanges whilst facilitating inter-agency and public-private co-operation.

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