"We join the WCO in congratulating our Mexican law enforcement counterparts as the global leader in seizing the most counterfeit intellectual property (IP) products this year," said Morton. "With this honor, Mexico has established itself at the forefront of the international struggle to combat this very serious problem."
The WCO is an independent intergovernmental body which represents 176 customs administrations, including ICE, across the globe.
"I am proud to say that the Servicio de Administración Tributaria (SAT) is a valuable partner at the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center)," said Morton. "The SAT representative at the IPR Center provides his expertise in our shared battle against IP theft through joint United States/Mexican IP enforcement actions such as last year's 'Holiday Hoax' operation."
The IPR Center is one of the U.S. government's key weapons in the fight against counterfeiting. The IPR Center offers one-stop shopping for both law enforcement and the private sector to address the growing transnational threat of counterfeit merchandise. The IPR Center coordinates outreach to U.S. rights holders and conducts domestic and international law enforcement training to stem the growing counterfeiting threat as well as coordinating and directing anti-counterfeiting investigations.
"Intellectual property theft is not a victimless crime," said Morton. "The victims are businesses, trademark holders, and the people who manufacture and sell the real products."
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