Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie has today hosted the launch of the City of London Police IP Crime Directory in its London office. The new Crime Directory website, which launches on World IP Day, is designed to bring brands and law enforcement together to tackle the global threat from IP crime.
The website is a secure database for customs and police officers to help them identify counterfeit goods with the information uploaded by rights and brand holders. Information such as packaging details and other identifiers for counterfeit goods will be held on the website. The site will also enable those signed up to create alerts that could warn brands and law enforcement about the latest trends in intellectual property crime.
Commenting on the launch, Paul Rawlinson Baker McKenzie's Global Chair said: "We are delighted to host the launch of the City of London Police IP Crime Directory. This portal, which connects brands and law enforcement, will be a crucial tool in promoting closer co-operation in the fight against IP crime."
Detective Chief Superintendent Glenn Maleary, Head of the Economic Crime Directorate at the City of London Police said: “The key to tackling intellectual property crime is business and law enforcement working together to take action against criminals who undermine not only the UK economy, but economies worldwide. The Intellectual Property Crime Directory will help bring more criminals to justice, reduce the amount of dangerous fake goods in circulation and give confidence to the consumer that what they are buying is the genuine product.
The initiative is designed to boost the ability of law enforcement, both in the UK and internationally, to work directly with owners of intellectual property to identify, tackle and disrupt intellectual property crime, estimated to be worth £1.3 trillion globally (Intellectual Property Office – 2016).
The event, which launched the new IP Crime Directory, included a full update on the work of The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit. The panel comprised Detective Chief Superintendent Glenn Maleary of the City of London Police; Detective Chief Inspector Peter Ratcliffe; Homeland Security Investigations UK Attaché James Mancuso; Julius Stobbs, Principal at Stobbs IP; Glenn Jones, Director Global Anti-Counterfeit Program, Hewlett Packard and Baker McKenzie Global Chair, Paul Rawlinson.
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