Pirates And Bootleggers Beware - First Intellectual Property Crime Strategy Published
The MCPS Anti-Piracy Unit is supporting a new Government initiative to crackdown on the trade in fake goods. Industry Minister Jacqui Smith unveiled the UK's first intellectual property (IP) crime strategy in London on 10 August.
The national strategy, developed by the Patent Office, brings together brand owners, police, trading standards and customs to:
* increase the sharing of intelligence between different agencies;
* improve training for those working at the front-line;
* better co-ordinate the agencies involved in the fight against intellectual property crime; and
* monitor progress and success by publishing an annual national enforcement report.
Jacqui Smith, Industry Minister, said: "Pirates and bootleggers cheat consumers and place a drain on our economy. We cannot and we will not simply turn a blind eye to copyright and trade mark crime."
"Intellectual property crime is not victimless. As well as cheating consumers, the trade in counterfeit goods costs UK companies billions of pounds and thousands of jobs every year. That is why we are working together with industry and law enforcement agencies to clamp down on this illegal trade."
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