What is the International IP Crime Investigators College?
The International IP Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC) is a fully interactive on‐line IP crime training facility which benefits all law enforcement, regulatory authorities and private sector IP crime investigators. The Trafficking in Illicit Goods and Counterfeiting Programme works in cooperation with Underwriters Laboratories’ UL University to deliver this important crime‐fighting tool. The College’s main objective is to deliver leading edge training to equip investigators with the necessary skills to effectively combat current and emerging threats from IP crime.
On successful completion of the 14 core introductory and intermediate level modules students will receive an IIPCIC Certificate endorsed by INTERPOL certifying they have “successfully completed a course of professional studies on the investigation of transnational and organized intellectual property (IP) crime.” The certificated course, recognized by INTERPOL, sets international standards and provides IP crime professionals with evidence of specialist awareness and learning on the subject of transnational organized IP crime.
What is the mandate of IIPCIC?
IIPCIC is mandated to develop, coordinate and administer training programs to support international efforts to prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute transnational organized IP crime. The College will serve the needs of INTERPOL’s partner organizations and other key international stakeholders.
What is the mission of IIPCIC?
The mission of IIPCIC is to deliver leading edge training to enable investigators to effectively combat current and emerging threats from transnational organized IP crime.
Will the modules be available in a variety of languages?
The modules have been developed in English and will ultimately be available in a number of other languages. Production of Arabic, French, Spanish and Mandarin training materials will commence in 2012. The IIPCIC Management Board will consider other languages if a partner organization is prepared to fund the translation or grants become available for this purpose.
Many organizations already provide similar training; in what way is IIPCIC different?
Other organizations provide intellectual property related training specifically aimed at the needs of their constituent membership. For example, police receive training which is directly related to their role including some aspects of IP crime. However, there is no one stop training capability servicing the needs of all IP crime investigators. In the absence of this specialist knowledge it is difficult to coordinate and facilitate joint enforcement actions by police, customs, regulatory authorities and private sector IP crime investigators.
IIPCIC fills this void by ensuring that all public and private sector IP crime investigators have a common understanding of the problems facing them; are aware of each other’s competencies and roles; know what intervention strategies and tactics work; and, are better able to work together in partnership in enforcement operations to achieve agreed objectives. An added benefit is that IP crime investigators from different countries are all able to contribute to, and participate in, INTERPOL led regional and global interventions in transnational organized IP crime.
Will other public and private sector organizations and individuals that have specialist knowledge on the subject be able to contribute to the development of IIPCIC?
The IIPCIC Management Board recognizes that there is a wealth of knowledge on the subject and many renowned organizations already have developed excellent training resources. Of these, several have provided material and made subject matter experts (SMEs) available to contribute to the development of the College. Their participation receives appropriate recognition on the IIPCIC website. An IIPCIC Advisory Group has been formed to provide the Management Board with the benefit of its specialist advice and expertise. Membership of the Advisory Group is extended to representatives from police, customs, regulatory authorities, international organizations, brand holders and other stakeholders.
What is the cost to take the training?
All law enforcement IP crime investigators including police officers, customs or appropriate regulatory body representatives will be able to take the training without charge.
Providing this resource to law enforcement officials at no cost places an obligation on the Management Board to fund the production of IIPCIC materials with other sources of revenue. These sources include grants, income derived from commissions to produce industry specific modules and sponsorship. Investigators from IP crime affected industries are charged a registration fee. The cost of the introductory level is $150.00 USD for each of the modules. If a student registers for all 7 introductory level modules at the same time the costs is $850.00 USD. The Intermediate Level is available at the same cost. If a student registers for all the 14 core modules the cost is $1600.00 USD.
As a private sector organization will we be able to develop training materials and have them made able for law enforcement through IIPCIC?
The Introductory and Intermediate level modules illustrate how counterfeiting and piracy affect all industries. They are not intended to provide a comprehensive overview of issues facing each industry. A mechanism is in place to enable individual industries or brand holders to commission an industry specific module. Provided the module is produced in accordance with agreed standards it will be possible for your module to be incorporated in the IIPCIC curriculum and be made widely available to all IP crime investigators. Alternatively, it can be restricted to relevant public sector law enforcement agencies at your request.
What topics will be covered?
Any generic IP crime investigation training module will be considered and assessed for inclusion in IIPCIC. As IIPCIC evolves, existing topics will constantly be reviewed to ensure they are relevant and continue to deliver the objectives of the program. The vision is that IIPCIC will consist of core IP crime modules supplemented by industry specific modules and elective modules to cater for specialist interests. For example, within IIPCIC there may be additional materials focused on the needs of IP crime trainers or prosecutors.
What if my organization does not have the technological resources to access the course?
IIPCIC will develop materials and offer support to enable all relevant organizations to have access to the training modules. Our ultimate goal is to deliver user‐friendly training globally, regardless of an organization’s technological resources. This aim presents many challenges especially in countries where there is not a modern communications infrastructure. The IIPCIC Management Board with the assistance of the Advisory Group will examine how best to overcome these obstacles by providing access through the INTERPOL network of regional bureaus.
How can the International IP Crime Investigators College help me do my job better?
IIPCIC training is specifically designed to provide investigators with the necessary skills in IP crime prevention, detection and investigation. Integrated training and operations are the central themes of all Trafficking in Illicit Goods and Counterfeiting Programme strategies aimed at delivering successful cross‐industry interventions in transnational organized IP crime. An added benefit is that successful students will be able to show they have successfully completed an INTERPOL recognized course of professional studies on the investigation of transnational and organized intellectual property (IP) crime. In some jurisdictions this may be accepted by criminal courts as evidence of specialist awareness and learning on the subject of transnational organized IP crime. It may also indicate that private sector investigators have achieved an appropriate level of knowledge and competence to provide IP crime investigative services to brand holders.
What role does INTERPOL play in IIPCIC?
INTERPOL is the world’s leading international police organization with 190 member countries. The Trafficking in Illicit Goods and Counterfeiting Programme has established a reputation for providing regional and global leadership by coordinating and facilitating cross‐industry law enforcement interventions into transnational organized IP crime. These have been consistently employed in Africa, Europe, Southeast Asia and South America over a number of years. The INTERPOL IP Crime Programme provides global IP crime leadership and is the driving force behind the development and delivery of IIPCIC to ensure it meets partnership needs and expectations. On completion of the training IP crime investigators from different countries are better able to contribute to, and participate in, INTERPOL led regional and global interventions in transnational organized IP crime.
Who are Underwriters Laboratories and UL University and why are they involved?
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is a global independent safety science company which has been in the business of product certification for more than a century. UL’s mission is to support the production and use of products that are physically and environmentally safe and to apply efforts to prevent or reduce loss of life and property. As an organization dedicated to protecting the safety of consumers across the globe, UL finds the proliferation of counterfeit products particularly troubling. UL further realizes that the only way to effectively deal with these crimes is through international collaboration and partnerships. UL has supported law enforcement efforts to combat IP crime and has cooperated with INTERPOL on a large number of initiatives. These include the International Law Enforcement IP Crime Conferences, the Certification Industry Against Counterfeiting (CIAC), and IP Crime Seminars & Workshops. UL University, the training and advisory services business of UL, provides educational programs to a wide variety of worldwide audiences and is working in cooperation with the Trafficking in Illicit Goods and Counterfeiting Programme and member countries to deliver IIPCIC. It currently serves customers in over 35 countries, offering more than 1,500 courses around the world in a variety of languages.
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