Annual Report 2013 - Page 8

ANNUAL REPORT 2013 AMCHAM ADVOCACY EFFORTS AmCham’s advocacy activities are primarily initiated and carried out with the support of its committees on Intellectual Property Rights, Legal & Tax issues, Workforce Development and Corporate Social Responsibility. Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) committee In 2013, the IPR committee met 9 times and involved 8 unique member company representatives. With U.S. Embassy grant funds in December 2012 and another one in September 2013, under committee guidelines and support we successfully completed the following activities and initiatives: • Offsite meeting with National IPR Coordinative Body members to discuss implementation of the National IPR Strategy 2009-12; • Annual IPR conference; • Translation and adaptation of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) IPR curriculum targeting children ages 9-14 into Macedonian and Albanian. • Event with Microsoft’s “Partners in Learning” Program in order to recognized teacher’s activities in IPR field; • Anti-counterfeits campaign in 5 Macedonian cities (Skopje, Kumanovo, Tetovo, Shtip, Prilep); and • A number of targeted meetings with the Director of the SOIP, ZAMP, National IPR Coordinative Body members and Customs on IPR-related topics. • Published an updated edition of our 2010 Trademark Protection Guide. Advocacy Highlight: “Stay Healthy Buy Originals” Campaign With the financial support from the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, AmCham Macedonia partnered with the National Coordinative Body for Intellectual Property Rights Protection (NCBIPR) to create a traveling, interactive exhibition featuring counterfeit cosmetics, drugs, personal hygiene items and other similar goods found on the local marketplace. The items were selected for their potential impact on consumer health and informational leaflets were distributed to visitors on the potential health effects of such goods, how to identify them and what to do if a good is suspected to be counterfeit. 8