Since 2014, the International IP Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC) has been celebrating excellence across the IP enforcement and protection communities around the world. Our annual awards are designed to acknowledge and reward law enforcement personnel and government agencies making a significant impact with innovative and effective approaches to fighting IP crime in this global and challenging environment.


IIPCIC Commendation of Merit

This recognition will be awarded to a law enforcement officer or unit for demonstration of outstanding leadership in the design and/or implementation of a unique and innovative approach to an intellectual property/anti-counterfeiting case. The ideal nomination would involve a case(s) that spanned jurisdictions or countries and the counterfeit products posed severe health and safety risks to the public.

IIPCIC Professional Service Award

This award is designed to acknowledge an individual or individuals’ outstanding contribution to the IP community. The nominee would demonstrate the highest degree of professional standards through, for example, innovative work, training, technology or the success of law enforcement programs.

2021 Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2021 award winners! The awards were presented during the 14th International Law Enforcement IP Crime Conference, which took take place virtually from 11 to 13 October 2021.

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IIPCIC Commendation of Merit

Awarded to:

Captain Omar Nasser

Head of Anti-Commercial Fraud and Piracy Section, Anti-Economic Crimes Department, Dubai Police General Headquarters.

In recognition of his dedication to combating and disrupting IP crime through innovative approaches.

Captain Nasser holds a Master’s Degree in Business and a Diploma from the Dhahi Khalfan Intellectual Property Center of the Emirates Intellectual Property Association, and was a graduate of the first batch of intellectual property leaders in the programme. Moreover, Captain Nasser participated in many IP projects during his career which focused on finding innovative ways to disrupt these types of crimes and reduce the spread of counterfeit products.

In addition, Captain Nasser took part in a number of international training sessions and exhibitions, and participated in various events in schools and universities across the United Arab Emirates to raise awareness about the dangers of counterfeit goods and illicit trade.

IIPCIC Professional Service Award

Awarded to:

Colonel Kobus Lategan

VISPOL Commander, Johannesburg, South African Police Services.

In recognition of his outstanding leadership and contribution to the IP community demonstrating the highest degree of commitment and professional standards.

Colonel Lategan is regarded as the driving force behind a number of anti-counterfeiting enforcement operations, and it was reported that without his "unwavering commitment and enthusiasm," it is likely that none of these operations would have been possible, which would have left the enforcement environment in a much worse position.

In addition, Colonel Lategan was instrumental in creating a national Anti-Counterfeiting Team which consists of internal and external stakeholders including brand holder representatives, lawyers, private investigators, police crime intelligence units, ER24 Rescue Teams, the Johannesburg Metro Police Department, the Traffic Department, South African Revenue Services, the Immigration Department, and others.