Illicit goods - Events and partners

Fighting the trade in illicit goods is everyone’s business.

We work to highlight the issues around illicit trade and encourage conversation among diverse audiences in each of our member countries:

  • General public (consumers)
  • Governments
  • Law enforcement
  • Private sector and associated industries.

Key messages :

  • Illicit trade funds organized crime – no product area is immune to counterfeiting.
  • The need for cross-sector involvement in operations, training and in implementing regulations.
  • Partnership with the private sector is essential.

IP crime conference

We organize the International Law Enforcement IP Crime Conference on an annual basis. It brings together police, customs, regulatory agencies and private sector investigators to share and develop best practices to combat trafficking of illicit goods.

POSTPONED: #IPCrimeConference 2020
San José, Costa Rica
26-27 August 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in consultation with our Costa Rican co-hosts, we have decided to postpone the 2020 International Law Enforcement IP Crime Conference. We are working with the Costa Rican authorities and our conference partners to determine new dates for the event.

In the meantime, the IIPCIC online platform is keeping its doors open. We encourage you to sharpen your investigative skills and learn new tactics for identifying counterfeit products with our five online IIPCIC curriculums – accessible at no cost for law enforcement.

Stay Safe and follow us on Twitter (@INTERPOL_TIGC / @IIPCIC / #IPCrimeConference) for updates.

Illicit goods - Events and partners


Our multidisciplinary approach leads to cooperation with many national, regional and international organizations. We continue to develop our partnerships with the following bodies (and more):

  • World Customs Organization (WCO)
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council (CCLEC)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Europol
  • European Union Intellectual Property Office
  • Emirates IP Association (EIPA)
  • Quality Brands Protection Committee (QBPC)
  • World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

We also work closely with the private sector and organizations such as the Pharmaceutical Security Institute (PSI) and the International Institute of Research against Counterfeit Medicine (IRACM), and payment providers.