While counterfeit goods are available almost everywhere online and offline, manufacturing and exportation is highly monopolized by a handful of countries. In the United States, the Department of Homeland Security reported seizures of counterfeit goods at U.S. borders have increased tenfold over the past two decades, with nearly 90 percent of seized products in 2018 arriving from mainland China or Hong Kong SAR, China.
The most recent trade deal between the United States and China, in 2020, requires both countries to combat the prevalence of counterfeit or pirated goods, advocating for effective enforcement actions when private platforms fail to prevent intellectual property (IP) infringement.
What do the counterfeiting dynamics look like today, and have they evolved over recent years? What is the role played by China? How are recent infrastructure projects, and particularly the new Silk Road network of trade routes connecting China and other regions, changing the conversation?
The guest of this new episode of Brand&New, Toe Su Aung, is the co-founder and director of Elipe Limited, a consultancy firm based in London, UK, that provides strategic government relations, corporate affairs, and communication services, including advising companies on the protection of their intellectual property. Before setting up this company, Ms. Aung spent 20 years at British American Tobacco, where she carried out a variety of roles, including leading the legal and corporate affairs teams on IP protection and policy issues, as well as driving global strategies for addressing illicit trade.
In addition, she has been an active INTA member for more than 15 years, including serving as the Association’s president in 2013. Currently, she is chair of the INTA Foundation.
Every two weeks, on Tuesday, Brand & New gives the floor to inspiring individuals, with a 360-degree vision, to help brand owners, intellectual property lawyers, and marketing and finance professionals (and beyond!) stay curious and agile in an ever-evolving business environment.
This episode of Brand&New is sponsored by Wan Hui Da IP.
Brand & New is a production of the International Trademark Association
Hosted by Audrey Dauvet
Contribution of M. Halle & S. Lagedamond - Music by JD Beats
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To go further:
About Toe Su Aung (link to https://www.elipe-global.com/who-we-are.php and https://www.linkedin.com/in/toe-su-aung-240a8b2/?originalSubdomain=uk)
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