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22 February 2011

Combating organized crime networks behind counterfeits focus of INTERPOL training course

MEXICO CITY, Mexico – Identifying, targeting and dismantling transnational organized crime groups involved in the manufacture and distribution of counterfeit goods is the focus of the 7th INTERPOL Intellectual Property Crime Training Seminar in co-operation with the Procuraduria General de la Republica (PGR), the Agencia Federal de Investigaciones (AFI), the Instituto Mexicano de la Propiedad Industrial (IMPI) and the World Customs Organization.

More than 90 police, customs and regulatory body officers from Mexico, Guatemala and Belize with experts from Brazil, Colombia and USA are taking part in the five-day training programme (21-25 February) at the AFI headquarters in Mexico City, supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

The seminar, delivered by INTERPOL’s Intellectual Property (IP) Rights programme, with the participation of the Universal Post Union, will deliver cutting-edge training aimed at equipping investigators with the necessary skills to effectively combat current and emerging threats from IP crime.  

In addition to being the first of a series of training activities for Central America and Mexico, it will also provide a launch pad for further developments of INTERPOL’s IPR programme beyond the Americas region which has already seen significant developments in combating transnational organized IP crime since its launch in 2005.