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International organisations

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Advisory Committee on Enforcement

WIPO's work on enforcement has been consolidated into a single Advisory Committee on Enforcement in charge of global enforcement issues covering industrial property and copyright related rights. The Committee’s work includes technical assistance and coordination, focussing on broad-based cooperation with relevant organisations. It will also undertake public education initiatives, as well as national and regional technical assistance programs. An electronic forum on Intellectual Property Enforcement Issues and Strategies has been established, and a case law database.

World Customs Organization

The World Customs Organization (WCO) has established the IPR Strategic Group as a joint venture with international business sponsors. The Group provides an overview of the global counterfeiting phenomenon from the Customs' perspective. The WCO has also developed model IPR legislation to help countries develop their customs legislation to deal with enforcement issues.

The Office of the United States Trade Representative

The Office of the United States Trade Representative has the goal of controlling counterfeiting and piracy through strong laws and effective enforcement worldwide. It identifies priority foreign countries by means of its Special 301 Reports. In October 2004 they launched their Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP!), and we are exchanging best practice to assist with STOP.

The International Chamber of Commerce

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) have launched a "Business action to stop counterfeiting and piracy" ICC Chairman Jean-René Fourtou said the new initiative would "take the fight against ip theft to a new level".