From October 17-19, ECCK organized this year’s IPR Capacity Building Seminars in Seoul, Daegu and Busan. The seminars were attended by enforcement officials of the Prosecution Service, the Korea Customs Service, the National Police Agency, the Industrial Property Investigation Division of the Korean Intellectual Property Office, as well as local governments. The seminars saw excellent exchanges between enforcement officials and representatives of ECCK member companies in the apparel, electronics, toys and cosmetics industries. According to Sven-Erik Batenburg, Director of Legal and International Affairs at the European Chamber of Commerce in Korea, “Counterfeit products poses a threat to all levels of society. It is harmful to businesses, consumers, and society at large as it reduces business and government revenue, stifles innovation, hinders economic growth, places consumers at risk and results in job losses. In addition, there is growing evidence of a link between counterfeit goods and the financing of criminal syndicates.” The World Trade Organization (WTO) has forecast that global trade will continue to expand in 2018, following strong growth 2017. Unfortunately, it is forecast that the trade in counterfeit products will grow by 9% on an annual basis. This highlights the importance of effective IPR enforcement in order to safeguard consumers, industry and society as a whole. Since its establishment, ECCK has successfully enhanced cooperation between industry and with various agencies involved in the fight against counterfeit products. ECCK’s annual IPR Capacity Building Seminars are a prime example of such cooperation as they drive the exchanges of insights on IPR enforcement between industry representatives and government officials.