The Customs-business partnership: the key to better IP rights protection

Globalization of trade also means globalization of crime. By way of proof, one need look no further than the Customs and IPR Report 2008 produced by the World Customs Organization (WCO) for its 176 members, which revealed that over 2,000 brands were counterfeited in 2008, with counterfeit goods originating in 106 countries and destined for some 140 countries.

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