Brandholder Anti-Counterfeiting Forum

Chairperson:                 Johann Guldenpfennig (Brand Protection Manager – Skye Distribution)

Vice-Chairperson:        Robin Bhagwandass (Security Lead: Sub-Saharan Africa, MSD (Pty) Ltd)

 

The Brandholder Anti-Counterfeiting (BAC) Forum is a newly launched Forum, established to encourage collaboration between brandholders to address common issues such as counterfeiting, relationships with law enforcement agencies, lobbying and advocacy, and training sessions.

Objectives:

  1. To be available to all brandholders, in and outside of Amcham membership, to address cross-cutting issues;
  2. To lobby government and relevant officials in terms of pressing matters
  3. To create awareness about the serious impact counterfeiting has on the economy, and its serious risks to the consumer; and
  4. To engage law enforcement agencies to establish a valid working relationship and open channels of communication.

Past Speakers have included:

  • Amanda Lotheringen, Senior Manager for IP Enforcement at the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), on raising and rewarding consumer awareness – a CIPC initiative
  • Raj Pather, Brand Protection Manager at Nike, on the Forum’s collaboration with the City of Johannesburg (COJ) to fight counterfeiting
  • Mohamed Ally, member of the SARS Custom Unit at O.R. Tambo (ORT) International Airport, on the counterfeit procedures at ORT
  • Rita Viljoen, Senior State Advocate at the National Prosectuing Authority (NPA) on “The Specialised Crime Unit (SCCU) and IP crimes – the decision to prosecute or not”
  • Jarred West and Mohamed Khader, Spoor & Fisher on “A Legal perspective on fighting counterfeiting in South Africa”
  • Magauta Mphahlele, Acting Ombud at the Consumer Goods and Services Ombud (CGSO), on the CGSO’s mandate
  • Joe van Der Walt, CEO at Focus Africa, on “The Intelligence Approach – Fighting Counterfeiting in Africa”
  • Braam Schoeman, Brand protection Manager: Africa at S.C. Johnson & Son, on “A discussion on anti-counterfeiting measures in Africa”
  • Freek van Rooyen, Partner: Trade, Energy & Transport Division at Shepstone & Wylie Attorneys on “The Border Management Authority Bill: Will it enhance trade?”
  • Amanda Lotheringen, Senior Manager: Copyright and IP Enforcement at the CIPC, on “Fragmented Enforcement Strategies”

Copies of these presentations can be accessed here.

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