The WCO and GSMA signed an agreement to collaborate in the fight against the counterfeiting and fraudulent trading of mobile devices. The partnership will focus on the integration of the GSMA's mobile device database with the WCO's IPM mobile platform that will give Customs officers global, real-time product information on devices enabling them to assess the authenticity of device shipments as they cross borders.
The World Customs Organization (WCO) officially welcomes Canon Information Systems (Shanghai) Inc. ("Canon ITS Shanghai") and its authentication solution "C2V Connected" into the IPM Connected programme.
The World Customs Organization (WCO) is pleased to welcome ChecktoCashup Ltd. within its global network of track & trace and authentication solutions interfaced with IPM.
The WCO is pleased to announce that NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NASDAQ: NXPI), the world leader in near field communication (NFC) and radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies, has joined the IPM Connected network with its NFC smart security solution.
The WCO is pleased to announce that the IPM tool has been redesigned and that the new platform, both Web and mobile versions, was made available to WCO Members on 4 September 2015.
On June 16, the WCO hosted a Rights Holders Consultative Group meeting in the WCO headquarters in Brussels. Around 60 participants attended the meeting, representing all industry sectors.
236 enforcement agencies across 115 countries have taken part in Operation Pangea VIII targeting criminal networks behind the sale of fake medicines, resulting in 156 arrests worldwide and the seizure of more than USD 81 million worth of potentially dangerous medicines.
The WCO is pleased to announce that Thin Film Electronics ASA ("Thinfilm") (OSE: THIN.OL; OTCQX: TFECY), a leader in the development and commercialization of printed electronics and smart systems, has joined its global IPM Connected network and is the first NFC-based solutions to be included in IPM.
The WCO is pleased to announce that the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the National IPR Center successfully conducted in March 2015 a pilot of the WCO IPM Mobile Application, the mobile version of IPM, a communication and training tool designed for law enforcement officers with the aim to facilitate the distinction between genuine and counterfeit goods.
Capacity Building as a means to fight infringements of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) is increasingly important to help Customs administrations find the right balance between facilitating trade and protecting the health and safety of consumers against potentially dangerous counterfeit products. As a part of its on-going fight to combat the trade of illicit goods, the WCO regularly organizes anti-counterfeiting and piracy trainings by our IPR Technical and Operational experts which consist in the dissemination of current best practices and, more specifically, modern control methods and tools.