The IP Key SEA team will contribute to the ‘Workshop on Trade in Counterfeit Food, Beverages, Cosmetics, and Fast Moving Consumer Goods’ in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, on 2-5 April. The workshop aims to highlight the prevalence of global trafficking in infringing fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs) and its economic impact, as well as share measures and technologies to address the problem.
IP Key SEA and EUIPO experts will share their insights in a series of panel discussions covering laws and regulations, conducting investigations, deterrence measures and enforcement coordination. Other topics include the challenges of counterfeit FMCGs for consumers and IP rightsholders, evidence gathering and capacity building, with representatives from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), US Food and Drug Administration, US Customs and Border Protection, US Department of Justice, the International Trademark Association (INTA) and other government agencies contributing.
FMCGs or consumer packaged goods are categorised as products that are sold quickly, including food and beverage, tobacco products, toiletries and cosmetics, non-prescription medicines, and general consumables. The large volume of trade, limited consumer awareness and relative ease to enter markets, particularly online, exacerbates the trade in counterfeit FMCG products.