February 8, 2013

U.S. Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center Comments on Counterfeit Toy Indictments

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) Executive Vice President Mark Elliot issued the following statement regarding the indictment of five individuals and corporations for trafficking counterfeit toys from China.

” GIPC commends U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the federal enforcement agents for their ongoing efforts to ensure public safety. The toys confiscated this week, could endanger children with hazardous levels of lead causing untold numbers of serious health impacts. In another instance this week, the Food and Drug Administration warned of attempts to deceive ailing patients with fake cancer medicines. While seizure of counterfeit goods like toys and medication is often viewed only from an economic perspective, when products like these get into the market, public health is ultimately compromised.

“The GIPC is committed to working against the importation of counterfeit and pirated products, particularly when they present a clear risk to public health.”

The Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center is working around the world to champion intellectual property (IP) rights as vital to creating jobs, saving lives, advancing global economic growth, and generating breakthrough solutions to global challenges.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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