US Dept of Homeland Security hosts Regional IPR Enforcement Seminar

On July 25-27 in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the United States Department of Homeland Security in collaboration with the Intellectual Property Rights Center will host a regional training seminar on how to better enforce Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

The goal of this training is to bring together regional partners to collaborate on identifying, disrupting, and dismantling transnational criminal organizations, which benefit financially from the illicit IPR trade.  Participants in the training will be law enforcement  professionals with direct involvement in the investigation of suspected IPR crimes, including officials from Panama, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic.

The seminar will explore a wide range of topics including intellectual property theft, organized crime, health risks associated with counterfeit pharmaceuticals and tobacco, IPR enforcement strategies, and prosecutorial case development. Training will be led by criminal investigators from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security along with trade industry representatives. 

Speakers at the event will include the U.S. Embassy’s Chargé d’ Affaires, Eric Khant, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s/Homeland Security Investigations Assistant Director International Operations Ray Villanueva, the Jamaican Ministry of National Security’s  Chief Technical Director, Rohan Richards, and the Commissioner of Customs, Velma Ricketts-Walker.




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