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A Chance To Meet Other People Who Oppose Counterfeiting


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2006
IACC HOLDS ANNUAL FALL CONFERENCE IN DALLAS
Leading Experts to Discuss Anticounterfeiting Issues and Strategies
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC), the largest international organization devoted to combating product counterfeiting and piracy, will hold its 2006 Annual Fall Conference October 4-6 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Dallas, Texas.
Leaders in the anticounterfeiting field, including intellectual property lawyers, brand protection managers, private investigators and security managers, will discuss efforts to stop counterfeiting.
Rene Albury of the Software & Information Industry Association will be among the conference’s well-respected keynote speakers. Representatives from Authentix, Calvin Klein, General Motors, Seven For All Mankind, and many other leading brands will lead panel discussions.
Experts will share strategies and best practices during special break-out sessions and roundtables covering various industries affected by piracy – from automotive to luxury goods, from pharmaceuticals to electronics, and many more. Additional sessions will offer the latest efforts to fight counterfeiting in foreign countries.
Guests will also have an opportunity to meet with IACC’s new president, Nils Montan, former Vice President of Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at Warner Bros.
To register, download the registration form at www.iacc.org/Conferences.html.
Facts about the problem of counterfeiting:
– The problem has grown over 10,000 percent in the last 20 years.
– Counterfeit goods are estimated by the World Customs Organization to make up between 5 and 7 percent of all global trade.
– The profits from counterfeiting have been linked to funding organized crime, drug trafficking and terrorism.
– The estimated annual sales in counterfeit products worldwide is $600 billion.
– 68 percent of counterfeit goods (ranked in dollar value) seized by U.S. Customs originated in either China or Hong Kong in 2004.
About the IACC:
The International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) is the largest international organization devoted solely to combating product counterfeiting and piracy. Comprised of a cross section of business and industry – from autos, apparel, luxury goods, and pharmaceuticals, to food, software and entertainment – the IACC’s members’ combined annual revenues exceed $650 billion. The IACC develops and conducts training for domestic and foreign law enforcement officials, submits comments on intellectual property enforcement laws and regulations in the United States and abroad and participates in regional and international programs aimed at improving intellectual property enforcement standards.
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