The IP Crime Group

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The IP Crime Group was launched in August 2004 by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) bringing together all stakeholders, including government, to drive the creation of a national strategy for tackling IP crime.

Following an independent review of IP and growth in 2010–11 (the Hargreaves Review) this national strategy was published in August 2011, alongside a more general IP focused international strategy.

This has resulted in the appointment of IP Attachés, either working within the relevant UK Trade & Investment office or Foreign & Commonwealth office. Four are so far in post, in China, India, Brazil and South–East Asia. They are there to assist British industry and their remits include enforcement issues in their territories. They can be consulted direct and their contact details are available from the Secretariat.

The IP Crime Group has produced guidance on various topics:

  • a Supply Chain Toolkit which takes a step by step approach to what action should be taken if counterfeits are found within the supply chain, and guidance on how to strengthen and protect IP assets
  • an online guide to tackling IP crime in the workplace
  • a Proceeds of Crime Act leaflet
  • The IPO also publishes an annual IP Crime Report 2015/16 compiled from information from trading standards, customs, police and industry about enforcement activity around the country. 
  • There is also a unique search facility to help locate details of court cases involving intellectual property, known as IPCASS

Giles York the Chief Constable for Sussex Police is Chair of the Group. Giles is the national police lead for IP for the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC).