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Protecting Intellectual Property Rights - U.S. Embassy Organizes Training Course for Mexican Officials

Statement by Ambassador Antonio O. Garza

Mexico City, July 27, 2007 – “I am pleased to announce that the U.S. Embassy, in cooperation with the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security and with support from the World Customs Organization, conducted a five-day training course July 23-27 on protecting intellectual property rights (IPR) for 53 Mexican customs and law enforcement officials in the Port of Veracruz.

“The U.S. has learned that this type of inter-agency cooperation has proved extremely successful in detecting and preventing the entry of illegal goods into the United States, and was invited to share its experiences with Mexican officials.

“This course focused on how to identify and interdict the importation of pirated and counterfeit goods, and to follow the seizures of such goods with appropriate administrative actions and criminal investigations. It emphasized the importance of a coordinated inter-agency approach to combat the phenomenon of copyright and trademark infringement, and included a number of practical exercises, such as the real-time targeting of inbound containers that had recently arrived in Veracruz.

“Based on this successful training and our mutual interest in advancing the protection of intellectual property rights on both sides of our border, the U.S. Embassy will continue to cooperate with Mexican customs and law enforcement officials, and will plan additional IPR training courses.”

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