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26 April 2016

INTERPOL backs World IP Day

INTERPOL is backing World IP Day as part of the Organization’s continued commitment to law enforcement efforts in combating all forms of intellectual property crime.

Through its Trafficking in Illicit Goods programme, INTERPOL has supported police in its member countries in recovering hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of counterfeit and illicitly traded products and dismantling the organized crime networks behind these activities.

Most recently, Operation Opson V, conducted between November 2015 and February 2016 saw more than 10,000 tonnes and one million litres of hazardous fake food and drink seized in operations across 57 countries.

In May the International IP Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC) – an INTERPOL training initiative in partnership with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) – will launch a new online training series developed in cooperation with the World Customs Organization (WCO).

The modules aim to provide law enforcement personnel around the world, customs officers in particular, with the knowledge they need to detect and interdict illicit goods crossing international borders. IIPCIC is mandated to provide training on transnational organized IP crime to law enforcement worldwide and currently has more than 10,000 enrolled users from some 145 countries.

Counterfeiting and piracy are serious IP crimes which defraud customers; threaten the health of consumers; cost society billions of dollars in lost government revenues, foreign investments and business profits; and violate the rights of trademark, patent and copyright owners.

The “Trade in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods: Mapping the Economic Impact” report published earlier this month by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Union’s Intellectual Property Office, assessed the value of imported fake goods worldwide at USD 461 billion in 2013, compared with total imports in world trade of USD 17.9 trillion.

Uniting the efforts of the public and private sectors in developing best practice and joint initiatives in tackling these crimes, INTERPOL will co-host the 10th International Law Enforcement IP Crime Conference with the City of London Police, in partnership with UL, in London on 19 and 20 September.