19 July 2019
The City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) is funded by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and has successfully disrupted £719 million worth of IP crime and taken down 66,558 suspected counterfeit-selling websites since 2013.
PIPCU has won two awards this year; Team of the Year Award at the Force Awards and the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) award for its work on digital piracy.
Phil Lewis, ACG Director General is a member of the PIPCU Partnership, which continuously monitors and evaluates PIPCU's performance.
At the last PIPCU Partnership meeting on 16 July, Phil learnt that PIPCU were strengthening its team up to 24 officers, in order to tackle fraud and help support the 60 active investigations that were ongoing at the end of June.
ACG represents more than 3,000 brands affected by this influx of fakes into the UK and delivers an international network of information, advice and contacts on all aspects of IP protection. Working with Government and law enforcement agencies since 1980, ACG is focused on providing an effective and sustained response to counterfeiting.
Membership with the ACG is the best way to work with government and enforcement bodies to protect your brand. Our Roadshows and training days help you reach out to police, trading standards and border force officers and tell them about your genuine products.