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.

More Industry news
The latest news from IPPro The Internet
Join Our Newsletter

Sign up today and never
miss the latest news or an issue again

Subscribe now
J A Kemp to open in Paris
11 January 2018 | Paris | Reporter: Barney Dixon
Intellectual property law firm J A Kemp will open a new office in Paris, its second in continental Europe
PIPCU seizes £100,000 worth of counterfeit clothing
21 December 2017 | London | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has arrested a man and seized around £100,000 worth of counterfeit clothing in the lead up to Christmas
IACC and Danish Consulate General in Shanghai sign IP agreement
20 December 2017 | Copenhagen | Reporter: Barney Dixon
IACC president Bob Barchiesi and Nicolai Prytz, consul general of Denmark in Shanghai, signed the agreement in Copenhagen on 18 December
US DoJ launches IP enforcement network
18 December 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
The US DoJ has launched an intellectual property enforcement network, with five specialised prosecutors deployed in selected regions to provide training and technical assistance to local law enforcement
USTR review of Thailand closed
18 December 2017 | Washington DC | Reporter: Barney Dixon
US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has closed the 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Thailand, after the country took steps to strengthen its intellectual property framework
IPC3 investigated 1,400 suspects in 2017
13 December 2017 | The Hague | Reporter: Barney Dixon
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
China to bolster IP rights protection mechanisms
27 November 2017 | Beijing | Reporter: Barney Dixon
China will ramp up its intellectual property rights protection mechanisms to promote economic development, according to the country’s premier Li Keqiang