Intellectual property rights protection and anti-counterfeiting is a multi-billion dollar problem in Russia, the CIS and Baltic States.
PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies is a leading expert in this field and has handled public affairs and crisis communications activities for a number of high-profile intellectual property disputes for such clients as Diageo (Smirnoff) and Anheuser-Busch Companies (Bud), among others.
PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies established and manages the Coalition for Intellectual Property Rights (CIPR), a private-public partnership dedicated solely to protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights in the CIS countries and Baltic States. CIPR's corporate members include some of the world's most famous trademarks in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, luxury goods, and computer industries. CIPR's associate members include a wide range of international and regional business, trade and anti-counterfeiting organizations, which combined represent thousands of IP rights holders.
Through its work on IP issues, PBN H+K Strategies has close working relationships with Interpol, the World Intellectual Property Organization, World Customs Organization, International Trademark Association, and the CIS Interstate Council on Intellectual Property, among others.