On May 10, 2016, the Chilean PTO together with other public institutions such as the Police, National Customs Service and the Internal Revenue Service, participated in the launch of the Observatory on Illicit Trade at the National Chamber of Commerce.

This is a pioneer initiative in both Chile and Latin America that aims, through the joint work of public and private institutions, to generate relevant information for the creation of public policies to fight illicit trade.

Ricardo Mewes, president of the National Chamber of Commerce, states: "The illicit trade comprises contraband, piracy and abuse of intellectual property rights. It is a serious problem because it affects our country in economic and social terms. Through the Observatory, as National Chamber of Commerce, we want to be an example in the public discussion regarding this problem, since we are sure that the cooperation and coordinated actions with several institutions will allow us to control the impact of illicit trade and reduce the associated crime and damages."

For more information, please click on http://www.observatoriocomercioilicito.cl .

Originally published on 6 June 2016 in  http://www.inapi.cl

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