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Jim Burger presents at Europol conference on counterfeit goods

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Published on: 11/14/2013

IP and Lobbying & Policy partner Jim Burger was invited to Alicante, Spain, last week to present at an international conference focused on solutions to the growing counterfeit goods problem. The conference was hosted by Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, and supported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The 120 attendees included customs officials, policy officials, and public prosecutors from some 25 of the 28 European Union member countries. A large contingent from ICE attended, including the agency’s chief of staff. The private sector was well represented at the conference, particularly the auto industry (including Audi, Daimler, Ferrari, Ford, Peugeot, and Honda). Also in attendance were representatives from SKF, a leading worldwide manufacturer of ball bearings; STIHL, a major hand tools company; UL; and, of course, the Semiconductor Industry Association’s Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force.

Jim spoke on behalf of the Semiconductor Industry Association’s Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force. He presented on the threat posed by counterfeit semiconductors to critically important applications including consumer appliances and automotive systems. He explained the Semiconductor Industry Association’s multi-level approach to counterfeit chips and stressed the need to work closely with each nation’s customs officials. He noted that SIA’s Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force provides training not just for US Customs, but to customs officials across the globe, and stressed that microchip manufacturers needed photographs of key information including pictures of the top and bottom of chips, as well as the shipping box and labels. After his presentation, a number of European customs officials approached Jim to ask about training.