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  • Title: IP Protection and Anti-Corruption: A New Approach | CREATe.org
    Descriptive info: Home.. IP Protection and Anti-Corruption: A New Approach.. August 8, 2012.. |.. Intellectual Property.. ,.. Anti-corruption.. SHARE:.. IP theft and corruption are major issues for multinationals.. Counterfeit parts and pirated materials can lead to inferior products and expensive lawsuits; trade secret theft diminishes competitive advantage; and corruption harms operations, business and reputation.. Beginning in October, CREATe is making it easier for multinationals and their suppliers to reduce counterfeiting, piracy, trade secret theft and corruption.. We are launching practical, scalable and cost-effective online assessments, training and other resources designed to benchmark and improve processes for safeguarding intellectual property (IP) and preventing corruption, particularly in high-risk markets.. The CREATe solution includes:.. Confidential benchmarking of current practices.. Assessments and ratings of capacity to protect IP and prevent corruption.. Training and resources to improve protection and compliance.. org builds on a company s existing management systems to better understand its capacity to protect IP and to prevent corruption, and then measures and improves that capacity over time..  ...   review of compliance systems.. Step 3: Improvement Plan.. After the evaluations, companies and their suppliers receive an improvement plan which includes training on how to better manage risks related to intellectual property theft and corruption.. Join CREATe and Help to Reduce Your Risk.. If you d like to learn more about CREATe s IP protection and/or anti-corruption compliance solutions, please contact us at.. info@CREATe.. SUBSCRIBE.. TAGS.. Intellectual Property (46).. Anti-corruption (36).. Supply Chain (17).. Intellectual Property Protection (17).. Counterfeit (15).. Global Supply Chains (11).. Compliance (9).. Trade Secret Theft (8).. IP (5).. FCPA (2).. Corporate Social Responsibility (2).. Events (1).. risk mitigation (1).. corporate compliance (1).. fighting corruption (1).. FEATURED STORIES.. Intellectual Property Protection: Not Just for the Legal Department.. Fighting Corruption: Good for Corporations.. Pilot Update: IP Protection Status – Insight on Asia.. IN THE NEWS.. Foreign Affairs: How to Protect Intellectual Property by CREATe’s Pamela Passman.. Visit News Events.. 2 days 16 hours.. 2 days 22 hours.. 3 days 21 hours..

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  • Title: London Olympics: The Fight Against Counterfeits | CREATe.org
    Descriptive info: London Olympics: The Fight Against Counterfeits.. July 27, 2012.. Counterfeit.. Stories coming out of London during the run-up to the 2012 Olympic Games are showing how expansive counterfeiting has become.. The range of merchandise being counterfeited is mind-boggling -- everything from.. counterfeit cigarette lighters.. to.. Olympic flags.. have been seized by British customs officials.. In addition, Olympic athletes are receiving.. fake training gear.. (including footwear), that could lead to injuries prior to the events even starting.. There are both commercial and safety risks associated with counterfeit goods.. Legitimate products help the LOCOG (London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games) finance the Games and stay within their privately-raised 2 billion budget.. Counterfeits undermine the significant financial commitments made by the Games official corporate sponsors.. Because fake goods are exceedingly likely to be of inferior quality, they can do irreparable damage to the reputations  ...   is using a combination of technology and manpower to combat the number of counterfeits being sold in London.. The Customs Department of the UK Border Agency is the first line of defense against counterfeit products and they will be expected to spot illegal shipments entering Britain from overseas ports.. The Games organizers are also placing holograms that, when tilted, show the London 2012 logo on all official products.. This will help merchants and consumers differentiate between authentic, properly-licensed products and fakes.. Finally, London authorities have employed the services of 270 standards officers to police the areas around Olympic venues in order to make sure everybody is following the mandated regulations.. These officers will have jurisdiction within 200 meters of every athletic venue.. CREATe wishes the best of luck to every athlete and nation competing in London this year.. We look forward to watching the competition unfold!..

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  • Title: Unfair Trade Practices in House Foreign Affairs Committee | CREATe.org
    Descriptive info: House Foreign Affairs Committe Hearing on Unfair Trade Practices.. July 20, 2012.. House Committee on Foreign Affairs.. Oversight Hearing:.. Unfair trading practices against the US: Intellectual property rights infringement, property expropriation, and other barriers.. Witnesses.. Mr.. Grant Aldonas (former Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade), Managing Director, Split Rock International.. Derek Scissors, Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation.. David Hirschmann, President and CEO, Global Intellectual Property Center.. Yesterday the House Committee on Foreign Affairs held an oversight hearing that highlighted unfair practices faced by US businesses abroad.. Inadequate intellectual property protections were identified by the Committee as a key detriment to domestic job growth and US competitiveness in the global economy.. Statistics cited by members of the Committee emphasized the realities of IP theft:.. According to the.. US Chamber s recently released.. IP Creates Jobs for America.. study, IP-intensive industries directly and indirectly support more than 55 million American jobs jobs that pay 30% higher wages than those in other industries and account for $5.. 8 trillion in national output.. Nearly three-quarters of IPR theft ends up in world trade flows.. Illicit networks  ...   is through the use of enforceable Free Trade Agreements (FTAs).. However, she also recognized that this remedy cannot be used effectively because the expiration of the President s trade promotion authority has made the negotiation and approval of new FTAs very challenging.. If we [in Congress] want to do more than talk about creating opportunities for US exporters, especially in a time of economic difficulty, we must restore the President s authority to re-negotiate enforceable agreements that will enable our entrepreneurs to compete effectively and create the jobs that so many Americans are searching for.. - Chairwomen Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.. Senator Berman (D-CA) agreed with her argument and pointed out that the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations provide an immediate opportunity for the United States to promote global intellectual property protection standards.. Furthermore, the US-South Korea FTA provides a benchmark for IPR protections that can be used for negotiating the TPP.. Derek Scissors, a Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, suggested an alternative policy to incentivize countries that lack adequate IPR protections, by increasing trade and investment with countries that better protect intellectual property..

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  • Title: State Department and CREATe.org Roundtable: A Recap | CREATe.org
    Descriptive info: State Department and CREATe.. org Roundtable: A Recap.. May 8, 2012.. The interconnectedness of global commerce, relationship of IP-protection and anti-corruption to economic growth and importance of public/private collaboration were the key topics of discussion at the.. Safeguarding Intellectual Property and Preventing Corruption in Global Markets.. Roundtable co-hosted by CREATe.. org and the U.. S.. Department of State.. Thomas Nides.. , Deputy Secretary of State, Management and Resources, opened the Roundtable with insights into.. Economic Statecraft.. , the principles by which the US government engages today with foreign partners.. In short, diplomatic engagements should also focus on ways to benefit the economy.. Towards that end, he emphasized that protection of intellectual property is a top priority and important for driving economic growth.. He also reiterated the importance of government working with industry on complementary and collaborative efforts, such as the roundtable and the recent.. Global Business Conference.. Nides comments were echoed by.. Victoria Espinel.. , U.. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator and co-lead on the recent report,.. Intellectual Property and the US Economy.. She discussed how there was no silver bullet on the issue of IP protection, and while a priority for the White House and Federal agencies, we needed to continue to look at new ways of addressing the challenges, including voluntary industry-led efforts.. org s Pamela Passman shared insights into the organization s discussions with multinational corporations (MNCs) in the US, Europe and Asia.. Common themes included challenges around  ...   to addressing corruption through collective action.. Alan Larson.. , Chair of Transparency International-USA (and a member of CREATe s Advisory Council) emphasized that it s important to look at IP protection and anti-corruption holistically, to develop partnerships and other vehicles to address the issues, including bilateral and multilateral agreements.. Several MNCs shared experiences, from mandating zero tolerance policies in dealing with bad actors to creating end-to-end supply chain solutions and working closely with local authorities.. Academics.. Richard Locke.. and.. Keith Maskus.. (and members of CREATe s Advisory Council) discussed factors for building a culture of compliance and the positive effects of reform on driving innovation in emerging economies.. Several Federal agency representatives also shared statistics and stories about increased enforcement and programs to counter counterfeit goods.. Final remarks came from.. Jose Fernandez.. , Assistant Secretary of State, Economic and Business Affairs.. He emphasized how the government is looking for ways to help US companies have a level playing field when competing overseas.. He also reiterated the importance of private initiatives complementing diplomatic efforts.. You can read more in Jose Fernandez post on the.. DIPNote blog.. org would like to thank the 65 individuals who attended the Roundtable event it was wonderful to gain insights from senior executives in multinational corporations, government, academia and non-governmental organizations.. We would also like to extend our deepest thanks to the team at the Department of State, including Jean Bonilla, Clinton Gardiner and Ann Low..

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  • Title: CREATe.org Corporate Roundtables | CREATe.org
    Descriptive info: org Corporate Roundtables.. February 27, 2012.. In January, CREATe.. org hosted a series of Corporate Roundtable sessions with representatives from multinational corporations (MNCs) in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.. The goal of these sessions was to identify the levers that multinational companies could utilize in order to enhance responsible business practices and to reinforce the rules-based trading system essential to long-term, sustainable economic growth.. It was also an opportunity for companies to share the various challenges they are facing.. Today, multinational corporations (MNCs) lose $250 billion annually in Intellectual Property (IP)* theft in the form of counterfeit and pirated products.. A staggering 61% of supply chain managers view corruption as the most significant risk to their businesses.. Among other areas, CREATe.. org is focused on helping MNCs establish guiding  ...   was represented at these roundtables with participants from a range of disciplines.. Among participants, there was broad agreement that promoting respect for intellectual property and combatting corruption are worthwhile goals that reflect common values.. There was also consensus on the need for MNCs to more actively engage with their supply chains on these issues.. These Corporate Roundtables are just one of the many ways CREATe.. org plans to engage stakeholders in the coming months.. Also on the horizon are efforts to develop compliance tools and resources for MNCs to engage with their suppliers.. To learn more or to join our effort, please contact us at.. info@create.. *Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD),.. Magnitude of Counterfeiting and Piracy of Tangible Products: An Update November 2009.. See.. www.. oecd.. org/dataoecd/57/27/44088872.. pdf..

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  • Title: The Value of Intellectual Property Rights and Trade Secrets | CREATe.org
    Descriptive info: CREATe’s Allen Dixon: The Value of IPR and Trade Secrets to MNCs.. July 9, 2012.. CREATe s intellectual property counsel, Allen Dixon, recently moderated a roundtable discussion titled.. Trade Secrets, Innovation and Competitiveness.. at the European Commission s.. conference on trade secrets.. The conference brought together experts to review the findings of a.. Commission report.. covering the legal protection of trade secrets.. It  ...   provide an in-depth, Europe-wide analysis of the economic significance of trade secrets.. Recently we asked Allen to share his thoughts on the value of intellectual property (IP) to organizations and also discuss the findings of our recent.. whitepaper on Trade Secret Theft.. In the following video, he shares recommendations for companies concerned about the protection of intellectual property.. Check it out to learn more..

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  • Title: Counterfeits: Not Just Copies | CREATe.org
    Descriptive info: Counterfeits: Not Just Copies.. July 6, 2012.. For many, the word counterfeit implies an unauthorized copy of an authentic product.. However, according to.. research conducted by IHS iSuppli.. , 57% of the counterfeits reported within the electronics supply chain are obsolete and previously-used components.. Most of the material used to make these counterfeit parts is electronic waste (e-waste) that was shipped from the United States to other countries.. The e-waste is then disassembled by hand.. Individual components are sanded down to remove marks that identify its age, quality and performance.. In many cases, the date code (which tells the consumer the exact day that the part was manufactured) is changed to make the component appear newer than it actually is.. Then, in a process known as black topping, the tops of individual parts are recoated to hide sanding marks.. Advanced printing equipment is then used to put misleading information on the parts.. Once the e-waste has gone through this process, it is packaged to look brand new and shipped to places  ...   report.. to the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) announcing the results of an investigation into the prevalence of counterfeit electronic parts in the Department of Defense supply chain.. The committee concluded that the problem of counterfeit parts was widespread: by looking at a limited part of the supply chain over just two years, the investigation yielded 1,800.. cases.. of counterfeit parts The total number of.. individual parts.. exceeded one million.. The committee also discovered that in more than 90% of the cases, obsolete and previously-used parts were used.. Working to Build Compliance.. Where does a MNC begin to address these issues? One way to mitigate the risk of obtaining counterfeit parts from independent distributors is to develop a trusted list of suppliers.. At CREATe, we re developing tools, trainings and resources to help multinationals improve IP protection and reduce corruption among suppliers and business partners.. We re currently working with MNCs across industries and regions to pilot our service offering.. If you re interested in learning more, please contact us by emailing:..

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  • Title: Sustainable Economic Benefits from G8 | CREATe.org
    Descriptive info: Note to G20: G8 Commitments Offer Sustainable Economic Benefit.. June 29, 2012.. This week in.. WSJ s MarketWatch.. , CREATE.. org President and CEO Pamela Passman highlighted the importance of bolstering intellectual property rights (IPR) in the world s fastest growing economies.. In short, the G20 should take note of and take actions on recent.. commitments to IPR protection.. laid out in the G8 s.. Camp David Declaration.. Emerging economies in countries such as Brazil, India, China and Mexico will drive global GDP growth over the next 20 years.. Their economies are predicted to  ...   like the United States and United Kingdom.. In the article, Passman argues that such robust growth does not need to come at the expense of weak IPR regimes.. In fact, emerging economies that consistently protect IPR will receive higher levels of investment and be better positioned to develop their own global brands.. However, she makes it clear that this is not a one-way street.. Multi-national corporations (MNCs) must help governments by strengthening internal intellectual property policies and subsequently sharing best practices with their global supply chain.. To learn more, read the full article.. here..

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  • Title: Anti-Corruption Laws Gain Traction around the World | CREATe.org
    Descriptive info: Anti-Corruption Laws Gain Traction around the World.. June 25, 2012.. Recognizing that corruption impedes economic growth, threatens the integrity of markets, undermines fair competition, distorts resource allocation, destroys public trust and undermines the rule of law, the G20, in their 2012 Leaders Declaration, called on all relevant stakeholders to play an active role in fighting corruption.. The Leaders Declaration also granted the Anti-Corruption Working Group a two-year extension, enabling the Group to continue their mission of implementing the G20 Anti-Corruption Action Plan.. The Action Plan calls on G20 members to lead by example in key areas such as adopting laws against international bribery, strengthening anti-corruption bodies and preventing corrupt officials from acting and traveling with impunity.. The G20 s conti.. nued commitment to anti-corruption is part of a larger international push to adopt anti-corruption measures.. Even before the 2012 G20 declaration, several countries had already begun instituting new laws and regulations, some in response to the 2010 G20 Anti-Corruption Action Plan.. Many of these new laws are designed to demonstrate a commitment to the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), the first global anti-corruption convention, which all G20 members have promised to ratify and implement.. In early June, the President of the United Arab Emirates asked the State Audit Bureau, the country s sole anti-corruption  ...   the G20 Leaders Declaration, Mexico s Anti-Corruption in Public Contracts Law came into effect on June 12.. th.. of this year.. The law prohibits companies from engaging in actions or omitting information which would provide an unlawful advantage in obtaining public contracts.. Under the new law, companies can be held liable for bribes paid through third parties as well as by their own employees The approval of the law came just days after the Mexican comptroller s office and announced it would be investigating Wal-Mart for bribing Mexican officials.. Wal-Mart was already under investigation by the U.. Security and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.. Two days later after Mexico s law came into effect, the lower house of the Italian Parliament passed its own anti-corruption law.. Transparency International reports that the law could provide greater accountability and transparency by establishing an independent anticorruption agency and by introducing whistleblower protections.. If the law passes the upper house, this new body will further Italy s anti-corruption measures and its implementation of the UNCAC.. The UAE, Mexico and Italy represent just a few of the countries that are moving towards more stringent anti-corruption measures.. Although the introduction of domestic legislation has been gradual, the pace seems to be quickening..

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  • Title: BusinessWeek Article on China: CREATe Joins the Dialogue | CREATe.org
    Descriptive info: BusinessWeek Article on China: CREATe Joins the Dialogue.. May 31, 2012.. Should the US.. and China begin negotiating a free trade agreement? That is one idea proposed in the.. Bloomberg BusinessWeek article.. titled The Big Switch, a special section following the.. U.. -China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.. which took place at the start of May.. In addition to insights into the evolving trade relationship between the two countries, investment in the USA and moves westward by Chinese companies, CREATe.. org is also featured in the article.. President and CEO Pamela Passman highlighted the importance of IP protection and corruption prevention in this new era.. A few quotes from the piece:.. According to CREATe.. org s CEO and President, Pamela Passman, MNC s  ...   with the law and little adherence to internationally accepted responsible business practices, says Passman.. As a result, the onus of protecting trade secrets often falls on individual companies.. Our work is focused on creating levers that MNCs can implement and manage themselves within their own supply chains.. Responsible business practices need to be implemented faster.. If they aren t, MNCs will continue to face vast losses that are far beyond what most people realize.. There is an opportunity for MNCs to play a more deliberate and proactive role in protecting IP and trade secrets by engaging in responsible business practices across their global supplier networks.. Increasingly, MNCs are speaking openly about these challenges, and that is a big step in the right direction..

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  • Title: G8 on IPR: The Commentary | CREATe.org
    Descriptive info: G8 on IPR: The Commentary.. May 25, 2012.. This time last week, the.. Group of Eight.. (G8) was meeting at Camp David to address the world s most pressing economic and political challenges.. Jobs and growth were top of the agenda.. As part of this focus, the commitments in the.. underscored.. the importance of intellectual property rights (IPR) to stimulating job and economic growth.. and the need for multiple ways to address.. high standards for IPR protection and enforcement, including through international legal instruments and mutual assistance agreements, as well as through government procurement processes, private-sector voluntary codes of best practice.. CREATe.. applauded the G8.. for focusing on this issue.. We also asked a few thought leaders to give us their perspective on the significance of the G8 statement on IPR.. Here s what they had to say:.. The G8 state.. ment demonstrates the  ...   Chair, Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative.. Harvard Kennedy School of Government.. Affiliated Professor in International Legal Studies.. Harvard Law School.. As a former official who worked on many G8 Communiques, I believe the Camp David Declaration s statements on intellectual property rights (IPR) is a strong affirmation of the centrality of IPR protection to economic growth and job creation and a strong commitment by G8 governments to take vigorous action to enforce IPR.. We should hold them to this commitment.. Senior International Policy Advisor.. Covington Burling LLP.. Chair, Transparency International USA.. This is a welcome signal that G8 leaders recognize that IP protection is critical to driving innovation and that they also recognized the role of private-sector voluntary codes of best practices as an important part of the overall IP protection system.. Robert D.. Atkinson, Ph.. D.. President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation..

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