UK-IPO helps tackle IP crime

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO) is playing an active part in helping the recently-established Global Prosecutors’ E-Crime Network (GPEN) overcome intellectual property crime.

Nov 6, 2008
By Paul Jacques
Iain Packer

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO) is playing an active part in helping the recently-established Global Prosecutors’ E-Crime Network (GPEN) overcome intellectual property crime.

GPEN has been developed by the hi-tech crime unit of the Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) international division in conjunction with the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP). It will go live in January 2009 and comprises a database of e-crime prosecutors, a forum for exchanging advice and e-crime material, including a virtual training college and legal guidance.

The UK-IPO will provide a portfolio of IP training material to help ensure more successful prosecutions in the fight to overcome the current multi-billion pound intellectual property crime business.

David Lammy, Minister of State for Higher Education and Intellectual Property said: “IP crime is a serious economic crime which needs to be tackled on a worldwide basis. The GPEN initiative provides an ideal opportunity to address this. This will ensure prosecutions are effectively managed and enforcement agencies can take informed decisions on targeting the criminal network.”

The partnership means that UK prosecutors as well as global prosecutors will have access to a broad range of IP training material.

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