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23 September 2015

Global action against intellectual property crime focus of international conference

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – International collaboration against the growing danger of intellectual property crime in the digital age is the focus of the 9th International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property (IP) Crime Conference in Buenos Aires.

Some 600 senior law enforcement officials, security and industry experts from more than 70 countries are attending the three-day conference (22 – 24 September) co-hosted by INTERPOL and the Ministry of Security, Argentina, in partnership with Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

Meeting under the theme ‘Future Threats 2020 – Tools for Mitigating the Risk’, participants will review emerging crime trends in areas such as 3D printing, as well as outline enforcement strategies and best practices on IP crime via operational case studies and industry perspectives.

Sergio Berni, Secretary of Security of the Argentine Republic  and INTERPOL Executive Committee Delegate for the Americas said:  “At INTERPOL, we are working hard to identify, disrupt and dismantle the transnational organized criminal networks behind IP crimes which include the infringement of trademarks, piracy, smuggling of legitimate goods and tax evasion.”

“However, the problem of illegal networks cannot be solved by law enforcement alone. The only way to deter and combat criminal organizations that violate intellectual property is via a three-sided pyramid underpinned by justice, cooperation among member countries, and the private sector,” added Mr Berni.

Keith Williams, President and CEO of Underwriters Laboratories, said that through training and education law enforcement officials and private sector organizations would be better equipped to address IP crime and help protect consumers, economies and businesses.

"Intellectual property theft is an intricate, complex crime and a direct threat to world economies. Education is the first and most important tool in protecting our clients and consumers against the dangers of intellectual property crimes," said Mr Williams.

With the conference attended for the first time by a high-level delegation from China, its agenda includes plenary and panel sessions, operational workshops, interactive round-tables, specialized IP crime training sessions, a networking lounge and an exhibition area.

“IP theft harms economies and endangers public safety. To mitigate the risk of IP crime, which is often connected to other forms of criminality, we need to enhance and sustain our collaborative efforts in this crime area as well as their long-term impact," said Michael Ellis, Head of INTERPOL's Trafficking in Illicit Goods and Counterfeiting (TIGC) programme.

The IP crime conference comes in the wake of last month’s Operation Jupiter VII. Coordinated by INTERPOL, the operation saw police and customs officers across 11 countries in South America, including Argentina, target the organized crime networks behind the production and distribution of counterfeit goods throughout the region and beyond.

INTERPOL International Law Enforcement IP Crime Conference 2015, Buenos Aires, Argentina