Mexican government highlights actions against counterfeiting and piracy
A joint press conference highlighting the improvements and challenges facing the Mexican PTO (IMPI) regarding protection of IP rights was held recently by Eduardo Sánchez, a Mexican Presidential Spokesperson,and Miguel Angel Margáin, the Director General of IMPI. “Providing legal certainty to the investment in IP is a prerequisite in order for the economy to make the most of its potential,” said Margáin.
The importance of collaborating with other governmental institutions was also emphasized. This was evidenced by the 27 inspections that IMPI carried out last year together with the Attorney General´s Office in order to seize products holding trademarks such as Adidas, Lacoste, Michael Kors, Aeropostale, Puma, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, as well as films, phonograms and literary works.
Margáin reported that the areas most affected by piracy and counterfeiting are the audio and video industry, as well as the software, clothing and sport shoe industries. Additionally, Sánchez highlighted the work that IMPI has completed to fight counterfeiting and piracy.Last year, 6,094,166 fake products with a worth of Mex$17,675,996 (approx. US$1.15) were seized in several operations.
According to the survey “Consumption habits of fake goods” that IMPI has conducted since 2007 in several Mexican cities, consumers from Acapulco had the highest rates of purchased fake goods (73%), followed by Chihuahua (61%) and Monterrey (59%).
Moreover, Margáin reported on improvements in fighting piracy, such as the reduction in the use of illegal software, which decreased from 65% to 54% in the period of 2005 to 2013, thanks to the cooperation between IMPI and the Business Software Alliance.