2014 International Law Enforcement IP Crime Conference
Enhancing partnerships for more effective enforcement strategies against trafficking in illicit goods and counterfeiting was the focus of the 2014 International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property (IP) Crime Conference held in Hanoi, Vietnam at the JW Marriott Hotel 23-25 September. Some 500 senior law enforcement officials, security and industry experts from more than 80 countries and 200 organizations attended the three-day conference under the theme of “Global Partnerships To Turn Back Crime”.
Co-hosted by INTERPOL and the Vietnam National Police in partnership with Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the Conference enabled participants to share best practices in combatting counterfeiting and piracy crimes, both on and offline, via operational sessions led by public and private sector experts. The event included plenary sessions, operational workshops, interactive round tables and specialized IP crime learning sessions. It also featured networking sessions where delegates discussed operational matters with one another.
The Conference agenda also highlighted INTERPOL’s Turn Back Crime global campaign which aims to raise awareness on how fake goods endanger the health and safety of unsuspecting consumers, and the links between trafficking in illicit goods and other organized criminal activities.
As co-host of this year’s Conference, the Vietnam National Police was pleased to underline its commitment to working in collaboration with INTERPOL and its partners against the criminals involved in intellectual property crime and other forms of criminality.
Khoo Boon Hui, Senior Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore, and Chair of INTERPOL's Trafficking in Illicit Goods and Counterfeiting Steering Group, said: “Intellectual property crime undermines rule of law, exploits legitimate businesses and poses risks to public health and safety. It is a real and pervasive threat that requires law enforcement to cooperate at the international front and work in partnership with the private sector. We at INTERPOL, with our extensive networks, stand ready to support the global fight against this serious crime.”
Michael Ellis, Head of INTERPOL's Trafficking in Illicit Goods and Counterfeiting (TIGC) programme said: “Last year, INTERPOL coordinated 10 regional operations worldwide, involving more than 70 countries. With counterfeit products worth some USD 175 million seized, that means millions of dollars that have not fallen into the hands of criminals. We are looking to maintain a sustainable long-term impact in this crime area, but we cannot achieve this alone. We need the valued support of our partners worldwide," he concluded.
Keith Williams, President and CEO, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) said: “Public safety is at the heart of everything we do and supporting this Conference as well as other anti-counterfeiting initiatives is critically important to our core mission and values. We will continue to do our part and work with global partners to ensure we help keep consumers and their property safe around the world.”
Planning is underway for the 2015 Conference. Please visit this page for all updates.