The theme of the 8th annual ACC/INTA Roundtable was “Cost Effective Measures and Practical Tactics in Combating Counterfeiting & Piracy Activities”. It brought together brand owners, regulators, enforcement practitioners, IP lawyers, the press, practitioners in the entertainment industry and other key stakeholders to discuss possible cost effective measures and practical tactics in combating counterfeiting and piracy in light of the current economic climate.
The event started at about 8am with the registration of members, the national anthem, welcome address, opening remarks, key note address etc.
Mr. Desmond Adeola (Chairman of ACC, Nigeria) welcomed everyone to the annual event, encouraged participants to make each session interactive, and asserting the need for everyone in the country (mangers, judges, business men, retailers, consumers etc.) to come together and fight counterfeiting to make the country a better place for generations to come.
The opening remark was given by Ms. Uche Nwokocha (on behalf of the INTA). She gave an overview of the Objectives of INTA as well as ACC, Nigeria’s collaboration with the INTA-Anti-Counterfeiting Committee from the first ACC, Nigeria annual event in 2009. She also mentioned that the first Regional meeting of INTA in Africa was held in Cape Town, South Africa, on the 2nd of September 2016. She highlighted that INTA recognizes that the Nigerian IP community constitutes more than 50% of all attendees from Africa Region, hence the constitution in 2016 of the first Africa Roundtable Committee. INTA will continue to collaborate with ACC, Nigeria and other national associations in the Middle East and Africa.
This was given by Sola Dosunmu (Area Head of Regulatory Affairs for British American Tobacco Nigeria & West Africa Area) who chaired the event. He gave a background on what ACC, Nigeria stands for, stating its aim which is to bring together right owners, lawyers, regulators, the press, consumers and other interested parties to fight counterfeiting and piracy in Nigeria. He reminded everyone that ACC, Nigeria has an open membership to anyone who has an interest in fighting counterfeiting and piracy.
ACC, Nigeria 2006 – 2016
Ms. Uche Nwokocha gave a report on the development and growth of ACC, Nigeria since its inception in 2006 as a pressure group. Starting from the first international event ACC, Nigeria attended in London (ACG), the Walk the Talk program (a rally to sensitive people on the dangers of counterfeit products) from TESLIM Stadium to the Tafawa Balewa Square, the Radio & TV Campaign show, the awareness to schools on the dangers of fake drugs which was carried out collaboration with United States of America Consulate in Lagos in 2012-2013 etc. ACC, Nigeria till date has signed MOU with NAFDAC and recently Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON). ACC, Nigeria also gives recognition awards and NAFDAC, Consumer Protection Council (CPC) & SON are recipients of these awards. ACC, Nigeria has and continues to mark the World Anti-Counterfeiting Day. Finally, she read a speech sent in by the first ACC, Nigeria Chairman Mr. Marc Shreuder who could not attend the event due work schedule which took him out of the country.
The Roundtable had 3 sessions. The Brand Owners Session, the Regulator’s Session and Piracy & Entertainment Session. Each session had a session chair. An MOU was signed between ACC, Nigeria and the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON).
The event ended at about 5pm with a vote of thanks by Nta Ekpiken from Aluko & Oyebode/ACC Secretariat. All participants thereafter, proceeded to a cocktail party to mark the 10th anniversary of the ACC, Nigeria.
A video CD of the entire event is available at the ACC secretariat (Aluko & Oyebode).