London
23 August 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

PIPCU extended to 2019


The City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) will continue to operate until at least 2019.

According to a PIPCU spokesperson, the UK IP Office (IPO) has granted the unit an additional £3.32 million in funding to cover the period to 30 June 2019.

The IPO initially funded PIPCU in 2014, when it provided £3.7 million to fund the unit until September 2017.

PIPCU's spokesperson said the funding will "ensure PIPCU can continue its excellent work in fighting IP crime across the UK".

PIPCU detective chief inspector Peter Ratcliffe said earlier this year that the PIPCU team is relatively small, with a staff of 19 people.

With only 19 people, a mix of police officers and civilian support staff, PIPCU has managed to do much in enforcement.

The unit has had tremendous success with its Infringing Website List, which provides digital advertisers with an up-to-date list of copyright infringing websites. Operators can then choose to stop advertising on these websites.

The list, which is part of the unit’s Operation Creative, has led to an 87 percent drop in advertisements from licensed gambling operators being displayed on copyright infringing sites.

PIPCU has also partnered with the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition and Europol.

The partnership with Europol, which will be announced at the Europol IP Crime Conference in Antwerp, will include a staff exchange programme aimed at educating staff from both PIPCU and Europol on IP enforcement.

This programme will then be extended to other law enforcement agencies in Europe.

Read more about PIPCU and Europol in issue 124 of IPPro The Internet.

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