IPR training press release Burgas07.06.2017
On June 7, 2017 the Bulgarian Customs Agency and ARSIS Consulting continued its series of joint training sessions for detection of counterfeit goods for the officers of the Customs Agency operating under Regulation 608/2013 concerning customs enforcement of intellectual property rights.
The third training session of the IP roadshow on anti-counterfeiting was held in Burgas and was attended by 27 customs officers from Lesovo Customs office, Burgas Customs office, Malko Turnovo Border point as well as officers from Varna Customs office. Long term experts of ARSIS Consulting delivered product ID presentations on adidas, Reebok, Microsoft, Nike, Converse, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Montblanc, Officine Panerai, Crocs, Salvatore Ferragamo, Durex, Scholl and Rubik, among others.
During the training the participating customs officers were active on issues such risk analysis as an important part of the process of identifying suspicious shipments, the challenge of working at the outer gate of EU and being entrusted to monitor the Bulgarian-Turkish border and the additional burden of handling immigrant traffic. Enhanced cooperation with brand owners and their local representatives was identified as a key component to a successful border monitoring program aimed at stopping counterfeit and pirated goods before they enter the European market.
The 2017 anti-counterfeiting roadshow continues later this year with a training session for the customs offices in region of Ruse.