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Reviewed 22 December 2008

UK Intellectual Property Office highlights the success of fight against Intellectual Property Crime

The Trading Standards Consumer Affairs Conference in Bournemouth is an opportunity for the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO) to celebrate the success of partnership working and new legislative powers in the on-going fight against IP Crime.

A new and effective enforcement tool in the fight against IP crime is asset confiscation. Using new legislation, the Proceeds of Crime Act, a Sheffield dealer selling counterfeit designer goods worth millions of pounds was recently told to pay back the proceeds of her crimes - £2.8million - or face 10 years in prison.

Other successes include the recent pilot scheme between the Wales Regional Intelligence Unit and the Optical Media Industry anti-piracy units which, with the support of Trading Standards, Police and Regional Asset Recovery Teams has led to major disruption of both physical and on-line crime groups.

Ian Fletcher, Chief Executive of the UK Intellectual Property Office said:

"The UK-IPO is committed to supporting and developing a partner agency approach in the ongoing fight against IP crime. This is all part of our overall efforts to ensure that the value of creativity and innovation is maximised for the benefit of the UK."

Detective Sergeant Graham Mogg, Intelligence Co-ordinator, who joined the UK-IPO from South Wales Police in August 2007 said:

''The criminal fraternity often view IP crime as a low risk, high profit business venture, however, the individuals and organised crime groups engaged in IP infringement undermine community values, impact on legitimate businesses and damage the UK economy".

Editor's notes

  • The three day international Conference in Bournemouth which started on 24 June involves Trading Standards professionals from throughout the United Kingdom; senior leaders and decision makers from local and central Government including - Government Ministers, the Office of Fair Trading, BERR and LACORS - as well as representatives of business and commerce together with consumer organisations.
  • Trade mark counterfeiting and copyright piracy are serious IP crimes that can,affect foreign investments, affect business profits, cost government revenues and violate the rights of trademark and copyright owners.
  • Fake products pose a significant safety threat to consumers worldwide. Unsuspecting customers and patients put their health, and even lives, in jeopardy each time they use fake medicines, alcoholic beverages, food products and travel in automobiles or aircraft maintained with substandard counterfeit parts.
  • Intellectual property (IP) crime is a generic term used to describe a wide range of counterfeiting and piracy offences.
  • The IP Crime Report PDF document(2.12Mb) is available for download

Date of release: 25 June 2008