Aurora, IL, October 19, 2012 -- The Label Printers' Chief Executive, Bill Kane, and Chief of Operations, Lori Campbell recently returned from Panama City, Panamá where they attended the 2012 International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property (IP) Crime Conference -- co-hosted by INTERPOL, EUROPOL, and the Policiá Nacional De Panamá in partnership with Underwriters Laboratories. The Label Printers was a Platinum Sponsor of the Conference, which brought together hundreds of attendees from around the world, representing the law enforcement community, IP and brand owners, anti-counterfeiting solution suppliers, and others interested in combating the global menace of counterfeiting and piracy.
The Conference's expected attendance was more than 500 delegates representing law enforcement, regulatory and custom agencies, private sector IP crime investigators, and prosecutors from more than 50 countries. The conference title -- "East Meets West: Working with the Americas to Combat Counterfeiting" -- reflects the depth and breadth of those attendees, as well as the conference goal as explained in Secretary General of INTERPOL, Ronald K. Noble's, Welcoming Comments, "Fighting intellectual property crime stretches beyond law enforcement, and an effective campaign requires cross-sector cooperation at all levels. The need to work together at the national and regional levels was consistently highlighted at our previous conferences, held in Asia, Europe and North America. This necessity has not diminished; on the contrary, it is greater than ever before."
UL President and CEO Keith Williams, who spoke at the Conference's Opening Ceremony "focused on three important steps to ending counterfeiting: education on the danger of counterfeit products and the damage they cause to consumers and business; information sharing among law enforcement professionals to analyze trends for more effective targeting of on-the-ground intervention; and interdiction operations by law enforcement, customs and regulatory agencies to curtail counterfeiting activities", as outlined by the company's web site.
The 2012 International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property (IP) Crime Conference featured operational workshops and operational round tables. The conference displays and exhibitions included information about the International IP Crime Investigators College (an on-line IP crime training facility), and a new initiative from UL and the Walt Disney Company -- an [award-winning] program entitled Safety Smart®, which, says UL's Williams, "has an initial focus on children and families [and] will raise awareness of the negative consequences of counterfeiting and piracy." Said Kane, "the [Safety Smart®] presentation was excellent. Of course you couldn't think of a better combination to reach children on the subject of safety than Walt Disney and UL."
Campbell said, "The presentations on various countries' enforcement efforts were, as usual, fascinating. Clearly, counterfeiting is a global issue affecting most industries to one degree or another. And I'm encouraged to see that the enforcement efforts continue to increase on a global scale."
Kane's principal "take-away" from the Conference was that the fundamental goal of information sharing and cooperation between all of those involved in the fight to combat counterfeiting "is a real challenge. But everyone involved in this conference understands how important that [cooperation] can be in the anti-counterfeiting fight -- it's one of the main reasons they came to Panamá."
Kane and Campbell both agreed that this conference, now in its' sixth year is unique in its focus and deliverables. Said Kane, "We have developed contacts with many people involved in the fight against anti-counterfeiting. And it's not just the contacts but the opportunity to get to know attendees at a level that allows us to become resources for each other."
More information about the 2012 International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property (IP) Crime Conference may be found on UL's web site, http://www.ul.com/global/eng/pages/corporate/aboutul/noteworthy/combatingcounterfeiting/
During that same time, Michael Agee, Director, Brand Protection Programs for The Label Printers made a joint presentation at Labelexpo Americas 2012 with Jim Reiman, Director of Sales for Sun Chemical Security, and Jeffrey Gottlieb, Counsel for brand owner Zumba Fitness, LLC, moderated by James Quirk, Latin American Editor, Labels & Labeling. The session title was "Anti-counterfeiting and security solutions for brand protection". The presenters discussed secure tracking and tracing technologies, how to analyze new product protection technologies, and brand equity and value. Agee called the presentation "unique…we were able to speak from the supplier, converter, and brand owner standpoint."
Labelexpo's organizers said that "Labelexpo Americas 2012 attracted a record attendance of 14,335 label and package printing professionals [which] was a new record for America's largest label converting show. The exhibition and conference program…boasted 400 local and international exhibitors including 94 companies which were participating for the first time…Labelexpo Americas also provided visitors with an informative, high end conference program [attended by] over 1,000 delegates…on a broad variety of topics including global trends [and] security solutions for brand protection."
More information about Labelexpo Americas 2012 may be found on the expo's web site,
About THE LABEL PRINTERS:
The Label Printers, Aurora, IL, started in business in 1967, manufacturing simple label constructions in a 1,000 square foot space, with 1 employee, serving the local Chicago market.
Today, the company has evolved into one of the 100 largest converters in the United States. The Label Printers owns and operates two facilities in Aurora, Illinois, manufacturing and distributing labels and packaging products to thousands of customers in 25 countries around the world. The company's packaging products are certified to ISO 9001 standards, and their quality is backed up by their 99.6% Quality Acceptance Rating.
To contact The Label Printers, call 800.229.9549 or e-mail the company at anti-counterfeiting@TheLabelPrinters.com.
The Label Printers is a member of NASPO (North American Security Products Organization), CACP (Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy), TLMI (Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute) and the FTA (Flexographic Technical Association).
About Underwriters Laboratories:
Underwriters Laboratories® is an independent product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing standards for safety for more than a century. UL evaluates more than 19,000 types of products, components, materials and systems annually with 20 billion UL Marks appearing on 72,000 manufacturers' products each year. UL's worldwide family of companies and network of service providers includes 64 laboratory, testing and certification facilities serving customers in 98 countries.
INTERPOL is the world's largest international police organization, with 188 member countries. Created in 1923, it facilitates cross-border police co-operation, and supports and assists all organizations, authorities and services whose mission is to prevent or combat international crime.
INTERPOL aims to facilitate international police co-operation even where diplomatic relations do not exist between particular countries. Action is taken within the limits of existing laws in different countries and in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. INTERPOL's constitution prohibits 'any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.'
Europol is the law enforcement agency of the European Union. Our aim is to help achieve a safer Europe by supporting the law enforcement agencies of European Union member states in their fight against international serious crime and terrorism.
More than 700 staff at Europol headquarters in The Hague, the Netherlands work closely with law enforcement agencies in the 27 European Union member states and in other non-EU partner states such as Australia, Canada, the USA and Norway.