The Hague
13 December 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

IPC3 investigated 1,400 suspects in 2017

Europol investigated nearly 1,400 suspects and was involved in 36 major intellectual property crime cases in 2017 as part of its Intellectual Property Crime Coordinated Coalition (IPC3)

The unit has expanded its capabilities to include scanning the internet, data analysis and processing and the increased training of enforcement authorities.

Europol has also deployed IPC3 experts to national law enforcement groups in the EU.

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), which cofunds the IPC3 has doubled the funding after the unit’s success.

In November, the IPC3 revealed that it’s operation “In Our Sites” had resulted in the seizure of more than 20,000 domain names that were selling counterfeit goods.

António Campinos, executive director of the EUIPO, commented: “IPC3 is a success story, both in terms of its activities and in terms of the support it has given to enforcement authorities both inside and outside the EU.”

“With increased funding, the unit will be able to concentrate on a wider range of tasks, with a view to making the internet a safer place for consumers and businesses.”

Rob Wainwright, executive director of Europol, added: “The rapidly-evolving digital world presents big challenges for enforcement officers tackling IP crime that cannot be solved by law enforcement alone.”

“IPC3’s operational successes are the perfect example of how building robust partnerships between the stakeholders involved is vital to effectively combat this crime.”

He said: “We welcome the EUIPO’s decision to reinforce its support to the IPC3 and to strengthen its capacity to fight counterfeiting and piracy.’’

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