Washington, DC – The American Bearing Manufacturers Association (ABMA) participated in a Canadian anti-counterfeiting conference in Toronto in December 2012.
ABMA president Scott Lynch, Antun Peakovic, associate general counsel – intellectual property, Schaeffler Group, and Dan Szoch, anti-counterfeiting global program manager, The Timken Company, also met with customs officials in Buffalo, NY during their trip.
The training session in Buffalo was attended by more than 30 customs officials from the Buffalo and Champlain, NY, offices. This port was a focus for ABMA, since it ranks in the top 10 for imports of bearings in the United States. At the meeting, both ports agreed to make bearings a priority item for the coming months.
During the trip, ABMA had the unique opportunity to attend the 17th Canadian Annual Anti-Counterfeiting and Fraud Conference held Dec. 5-7, 2012, at the Prince Hotel in Toronto. It was hosted by Kestenberg Siegal Lipkus LLP, a law firm in Toronto that focuses on intellectual property rights. The conference brought brand owners and Canadian law-enforcement staff together with representatives from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Toronto Police and the Canadian Border Service Agency, among others. The conference was also attended by IP consultants and firms from Canada, the US and Mexico.
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