UK Intellectual Property Office helps tackle IP crime

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO) is playing an active part in helping the recently established Global Prosecutors’ E-Crime Network (GPEN) to overcome intellectual property crime.

The UK-IPO is working in partnership with the Crown Prosecution Service in providing a portfolio of IP training material. The Network’s activity will lead to more successful prosecutions in the fight to overcome the current multi billion intellectual property crime business.

David Lammy, Minister of State for Higher Education and Intellectual Property said: “IP crime is a serious economic crime which needs to be tackled on a worldwide basis. The GPEN initiative provides an ideal opportunity to address this. This will ensure prosecutions are effectively managed and enforcement agencies can take informed decisions on targeting the criminal network.”

This initiative reinforces the UK-IPO’s commitment to supporting and developing a partner agency approach in the ongoing fight against IP crime. The Gowers Review of Intellectual Property (recommendation 44) pointed to the need to provide more training to the criminal courts on the complexities of IP. This partnership will mean that UK prosecutors as well as global prosecutors will have access to a broad range of IP training material.

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