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IP-focused policing unit secures more funding

By | Published on Friday 25 August 2017

City Of London Police

The City Of London Police’s unit focused on intellectual property, which goes by the name of PIPCU, has secured funding through to at least 2019.

The government’s Intellectual Property Office confirmed to the Law Gazette earlier this week that it had agreed to continue funding the IP Crime Unit to the tune of £3.32 million, which will keep the department operating until at least July 2019.

As previously reported, PIPCU was set up in 2013 to specifically focus on intellectual property issues, including specific IP infringement cases, and wider anti-piracy campaigns, such as its ‘follow the money’ initiative, which has involved encouraging brands to ensure their ads don’t appear on piracy websites.

After PIPCU’s initial launch, the IPO previously committed funding to the policing unit in 2014, a package that bank-rolled the operation until earlier this summer.



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