To mark World Intellectual Property (IP) Day on April 26, the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has released figures showing its success since its launch last year.
Since last September, the unit has shut down more than 2,500 websites selling counterfeit goods believed to be worth tens of millions of pounds. During this time, despite being promised designer goods by the sites from the likes of Gucci, customers were actually palmed off with poor quality copies, if they received their items at all.
A spokesman for PIPCU said that the fact it could announce on World IP Day that in the eight months since launching it has suspended more than 2,500 infringing websites is further evidence of the expertise of its officers and the level of their commitment to clamp down on IP crime.
He added that, behind many of these websites, there is an organised crime gang funnelling off the money spent by unsuspecting customers on what they think are quality products.
He said that consumers also need to be aware that by accessing websites like this they are running the risk of their personal details being compromised and being used for other fraudulent scams, as well as exposing their computer to malicious malware.
Meanwhile, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the global forum for IP services, policy, information and cooperation, uses World IP day every year to promote discussion of the role of IP in encouraging innovation and creativity. This year, the WIPO decided to celebrate filmmaking under the heading Movies – A Global Passion.
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