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IAA Announces the Merger of its Membership Into the IACC

Thursday, March 07, 2013   (0 Comments)
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(Andover, United Kingdom) March 6, 2013 - Today, the International Authentication Association (IAA) announced the merger of its membership into the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC). This merger combines two of the foremost membership organizations focused on anti-counterfeiting. The two organizations have agreed to combine efforts with IAA members transferring their membership and remaining assets to the IACC.

Late in 2012, the IAA entered into discussions with the IACC regarding integrating their memberships and expertise in the fight against counterfeiting. It is the intention of both organizations to bring together the knowledge of the IAA as an industry forum for product protection technologies and processes, and the strength and history of the IACC as an international industry forum and catalyst for legal and enforcement activities related to fighting counterfeit and illegal diversion.

"The combined membership of the two organizations strengthens the fight against counterfeit activities on all fronts," says David Howard, Chairman of IAA.

"We welcome the new IAA members and all of the collective experience that they bring to the IACC," says Bob Barchiesi, IACC President.

About the IAA
The International Authentication Association was originally formed in 2007. Since its formation, the IAA has been active in raising awareness to the issues of counterfeiting and in educating various stakeholders about the importance of authentication methods and technologies. This was achieved through participation at a wide range of conferences, the publication of articles in various industry publications, and responding to requests for comment to a number of government legislative initiatives.

About the IACC
The IACC is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization devoted to combating product counterfeiting and piracy. Formed in 1978, the IACC is comprised of a cross section of business and industry from the automotive, apparel, pharmaceutical, software, entertainment, and consumer products sector, including many of the world's best-known brands. The touchstone of the IACC's mission is to combat counterfeiting and piracy by promoting laws, regulations and directives designed to render the theft of intellectual property undesirable and unprofitable.

Website: http://www.iacc.org

IAA Press Contact:
David S. Howard, Chair IAA
Phone: 908.927.6363
Mobile: 908.303.2369
dhoward6@its.jnj.com
IACC Press Contact:
Travis D. Johnson,Vice President – Director of Legislative Affairs & Policy, IACC
Phone: 202-223-6667
tjohnson@iacc.org