2010 International Law Enforcement IP Crime Conference to be held in Hong Kong

7 Oct 2010

The 2010 International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property (IP) Crime Conference co-hosted by INTERPOL and Hong Kong Customs in partnership with Underwriters Laboratories will be held in Hong Kong from October 19-21.

This conference is the fourth in a series that is held as a yearly event and the first to be staged in Asia. The theme of this year's conference is "Working Together to Break Organised Crime". It will bring together about 400 participants with a stake in IP protection from different parts of the world and will feature operational workshops focused on best practices that can be utilised by customs, police, prosecutors and IP rights holders to combat the growing threat posed by transnational organised IP crime.

During the conference, there will be keynote addresses, panel discussions and workshops focusing on issues related to global participation and cross-agency co-operation in the 21st century to combat organised crime, stop the flow of pirated and counterfeit goods through international borders, and tackle the growing concern about infringing activities perpetrated on the Internet.

The workshops are designed to engage and challenge participants to work together to share and develop new strategies and tactics which are effective in attacking organised IP crime at the international level and ways to enhance regional co-operation. The workshops will also serve as a platform for participants to share their views and experiences on issues relating to the training needed, resources that can be pooled for collective use and technological challenges to be faced in the fight against IP crimes.

Hong Kong Customs will set up a simulated Internet crime scene to provide participants with practical training on preserving digital evidence of IP crime committed in cyberspace.

Hong Kong Customs' Assistant Commissioner (Intelligence and Investigation), Mr Tam Yiu-keung, said today (October 7): "We are honoured to be one of the hosts for this important international event. The conference will also mark the first occasion where Hong Kong Customs joins with INTERPOL in a global effort to promote the protection of IP rights.

"Through this conference, we will not only let the participating members know the efforts made by the law enforcement officers collectively around the world in protecting IP rights, but also take the chance to enable them to share and learn from each other, laying a solid foundation for future co-operation in the face of new challenges.

"The conference will also provide a good opportunity for us to show to the world our commitment to IP protection and to help promote Hong Kong as Asia's world city," Mr Tam added.

For more details about the conference, please visit the conference website at www.signup4.net/public/ap.aspx?EID=INTE1992E&OID=50.

Ends/Thursday, October 7, 2010

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