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'Hear No Evil' No Longer

Counterfeiting And Intellectual Property

It is a pleasure to have this opportunity to address such a distinguished gathering. First let me express my thanks to the World Intellectual Property Organization for organizing this year's meeting with support from the World Customs Organization and Interpol. And of course thanks to the Swiss Confederation for hosting today's meeting and showing such leadership in the fight against piracy and counterfeiting.

I am glad to be able to join you today ... not just because Geneva is a beautiful city and it's a pleasure to be here, although this is certainly true. But, more important, because I firmly believe that the rising tide of intellectual property crime today-counterfeiting and piracy in all their forms-threatens the future of global economic growth and security.

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