The ECCK aims to facilitate cooperation between government and its members. For our Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Committee, one of the focus areas is on cooperation in combating the global counterfeit industry. Against this background, ECCK is pleased that a range of government agencies are taking action against these malicious products. To support the officials in their enforcement activities, ECCK’s IPR Committee organizes annual IPR Capacity Building Seminars in multiple cities in Korea. This year’s Seminar was held from November 1 to 3 and took place in Seoul, Daegu, and Busan. During these seminars, enforcement officials from the Prosecution Service, National Police, Korean IP Office, Korea Customs Service and local governments and brand representatives meet up in order to discuss about methods to distinguish counterfeit products from genuine items and to exchange best practices. The ECCK IPR Committee acknowledges that counterfeit products are not just dangerous to consumers, but they threaten society as a whole as they cause job losses, decreases in government revenue, and curb innovation and industrial development. Particularly given the Moon administration’s focus on creating more fair jobs, it is important that counterfeiting is put to a halt. According to WTO calculations, the world trade is expected feature an accelerated growth in 2017 of 2.4% (compared to 1.3% in 2016). This increase in trade volumes combined with the recently calculated increase in trade in counterfeit products (making up 2.5% of global trade, compared to 1.95% in 2007) highlights the importance of effective IPR enforcement in order to safeguard consumers, industry as well as the government itself. In its Consumers’ Perception Survey on Counterfeits, ECCK found that more than 40% of the general public indicated to have purchased counterfeit products.