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Combating Counterfeit Medicines

Date and venueJune 29, 2023 Virtual
Time of sessions13:00 - 14:00 Geneva time
Topic(s)Webinars, Respect for IP Webinars
Counterfeit medicines not only infringe IP rights, including trademarks and patents, but also pose grave threats to public health, endangering the lives of patients globally. In this session, we will examine the impact that counterfeit medicines have on public health, as well as on the pharmaceutical industry, which is one of the most innovative and research-intensive sectors. Furthermore, we will explore collaborative international efforts, namely Operation Pangea led by INTERPOL, aimed at combating the global production, distribution, and sale of counterfeit medicines.


  • 13:00 – 13:05 Welcoming remarks and introduction of the speakers
  • 13:05 – 13:25 Counterfeit medicines: IP infringement and public health concerns
  • 13:25 – 13:45 International operations to combat trade in counterfeit medicines
  • 13:45 – 14:00 Q&A


  • Fernando Portugal (Director of Industrial Property and Legal and International Affairs, Mexican Association of Pharmaceutical of Pharmaceutical Research Industries, Mexico)
  • Chi-wang Lam (Coordinator, Public Health & Pharmaceutical Crime, Illicit Goods and Global Health Programme, INTERPOL)

Other related documents

WIPO/WEBINAR/RESPECTFOR IP/2023/6/R1EnglishRecording: Counterfeit medicines: IP infringement and public health concernsRecording: Counterfeit medicines: IP infringement and public health concerns, Video 1 (video)
WIPO/WEBINAR/RESPECTFOR IP/2023/6/R2EnglishRecording: International operations to combat trade in counterfeit medicinesRecording: International operations to combat trade in counterfeit medicines, Video 1 (video)
WIPO/WEBINAR/RESPECTFOR IP/2023/6/1EnglishProfile of SpeakersProfile of Speakers, Complete document (pdf)