Home / Knowledge / News / New training project to tackle intellectual property (IP) crime
New training project to tackle intellectual property (IP) crime
12
Sep '11
The Intellectual Property Office and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have joined forces to give prosecutors in England and Wales a new tool to help them tackle intellectual property (IP) crime.

IP crime is the counterfeiting of trade-marked goods such as clothes, pharmaceuticals, car parts and electrical goods and the piracy of copyrighted material such as CDs, DVDs, software and games.

More than 350 prosecutors from the CPS are currently being specially trained to build successful cases against counterfeiters and pirates.

The move is in line with the recently published Hargreaves review of intellectual property and growth and the Government's IP crime strategy, which highlighted a need for a more integrated approach with partners to enforce IP rights.

Minister for Intellectual Property Baroness Wilcox said:

"The initiative will give prosecutors the most up to date information so they can successfully deal with intellectual property criminals. These offences are not victimless crimes. They have a detrimental effect on consumers, businesses, the economy and growth. Consumers are likely to receive poor quality or even unsafe products that simply aren't worth the price.

"There are huge events coming up in the UK such as the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. There will no doubt be people looking to sell counterfeit goods using trade marks associated with the games."

Merchandise with an unauthorised London 2012 Olympic logo is already believed to be in the UK supply chain. Counterfeit cigarette lighters have been discovered at a car boot sale in the Coventry area and their source is being tracked down by Trading Standards.

Esther George, a Senior Policy Advisor at the Crown Prosecution Service said:

"Consumers will benefit from this new co-operation between the Crown Prosecution Service and the Intellectual Property Office. It may be that criminals take advantage of the opportunities offered by the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, so the CPS and IPO have worked together to develop training which will equip prosecutors to deal more effectively with the unlawful distribution of counterfeit goods."

The recently published IP crime report highlighted that more people than ever before are successfully being prosecuted for these types of crime. But, more needs to be done to tackle the criminals who cheat consumers into buying fake goods online at auction websites for example. The training includes a module for prosecutors specifically about these crimes. This will help the CPS tackle emerging threats to businesses and consumers online.

Anyone found guilty of offences under the Trade Mark Act 1994 or the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 could face a 10 year prison sentence and/or a fine. In addition, the Proceeds of Crime Act (PoCA) allows criminals' gains from counterfeiting and piracy to be confiscated.

The Intellectual Property Office

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 30th May 2017

CAI estimates 2016-17 cotton crop at 340.5 lakh bales

Cotton Association of India (CAI) has retained its earlier estimate...

Courtesy: World Bank/Claude Renault

Textiles | On 30th May 2017

India’s economic fundamentals remain strong: World Bank

India remains the fastest growing economy in the world – economic...

Courtesy: Dollar Industries

Apparel/Garments | On 30th May 2017

Dollar Industries registers Rs 906 cr turnover in FY17

Hosiery major Dollar Industries Limited registered a turnover of Rs...

Interviews View All

Anshul Sood
Oceedee

‘Indian footwear market is nascent and largely a trend follower’

Sunil Rathore
Lacoste India

‘New vendor is welcome if he offers cost, quality and timely delivery’

Krishnanand Tripathi
Textrade International Ltd

We believe in vocational education for entry-level employees, offering...

Eric Scholler
Groz-Beckert

The Indian market has huge potential in technical textiles, and by far,...

Steve Cole
Xerium Technologies

Steve Cole of Xerium Technologies discusses the industry. Xerium is the...

Ashok Desai
Bombay Textile Research Association

Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) is a leading name in textile...

Ritu Kumar
Label Ritu Kumar

‘Classics will return’ "There are a lot of people wearing western clothes ...

Yash P. Kotak
Bombay Hemp Company

One of the directors of Bombay Hemp Company, Yash P. Kotak, speaks to...

Wendell Rodricks
Wendell Rodricks

"We should not compare India and the West. There are things we do that...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

news category


Related Categories:
May 2017

May 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search