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26 October 2010

INTERPOL and Hong Kong Customs training course against intellectual property crime focuses on international dimension

HONG KONG, China – A one-day training seminar on the international dimension of intellectual property (IP) crime has been delivered by INTERPOL and Hong Kong Customs to some 120 front line customs and police investigators from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau. 

The training (22 October) followed the 2010 International Law Enforcement IP Crime Conference held in Hong Kong (19-21 October) and was designed to give specialist investigators in the region an insight into the international dimension of transnational organized IP crime. They were joined by a number of customs attachés from overseas missions based in Hong Kong and experts from international law enforcement agencies and the private sector.

"Closer and more effective co-operation by police and customs is fast becoming a consistent feature of international IP crime enforcement actions," said INTERPOL IP rights programme manager John Newton. 

"Training on all aspects of IP crime including those that affect the health and safety of consumers and fake products distributed over the internet is an important part of our collective efforts to target these criminals wherever we find them."

With IP crime representing a threat not just to livelihoods and company profits, the conference and training will provide police, customs officers and other stakeholders with the knowledge, expertise and tools to combat the criminal networks behind counterfeit and pirated goods, and will also shape joint regional pro-active IP crime interventions by INTERPOL and Hong Kong Customs in 2011 and beyond.