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PIPCU introduces new Head of Unit on World IP Day 2018

In celebration of World IP Day 2018 (April 26 2018) and its focus on women in the intellectual property (IP) industry, the City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) is introducing its new head of the unit, Detective Chief Inspector Teresa Russell.

DCI Russell joins PIPCU with 25 years of policing experience and has lead a varied career. Starting out in the public order unit, her unit was engaged in tackling a series of anti-capitalism violent disorders in the 90s including a number of subsequent May Day protests. She spent a brief time formulating the City of London Cold Case Review team, before becoming the deputy coordinator for the Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit South West, implementing the Government’s PREVENT strand of the counter terrorism strategy.  

On returning to the City as a Detective Inspector, DCI Russell was transferred to the Fraud Squad. There she formed the highly successful Operation Broadway, a joint partnership disruption and awareness initiative tackling ‘boiler room’ frauds. She was promoted to Detective Chief Inspector in January 2016.

The announcement of DCI Russell’s new role with PIPCU comes exactly one year since the unit supported the launch of the IP Crime Directory. 

The directory is designed to boost the ability of law enforcement, both in the UK and internationally, to work directly with owners of intellectual property to identify, tackle and disrupt intellectual property crime. It is a secure database for customs and police officers to help them identify counterfeit goods with the information uploaded by rights and brand holders. 

Information such as packaging details and other identifiers for counterfeit goods are held on the website. Details of prior cases and contact points for brands will bring law enforcement and business closer to ensure law enforcement has the tools to take action immediately. 

The site also enables those signed up to create alerts that warn brands and law enforcement about the latest trends in intellectual property crime.

Detective Chief Inspector Teresa Russell of the City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit said: “I have met with our industry partners and am keen to learn more about the wider challenges that the brands and the creative industries are faced with and how we can collectively address them.  

“The police cannot tackle IP infringement alone, so partnership working is key. I will continue to champion this approach moving forward.

“It is vitally important that we receive intelligence and information from the industry through the Intellectual Property Office or crime referrals to PIPCU.  This will assist us greatly in highlighting and measuring the true scale of IP infringement and the economic and consumer harm caused by this crime type. 

"I look forward to working with our partners to map and build the intelligence picture that enables us to take action on our most serious offenders, our organised crime group (OCGs).  You may well hold that missing piece of the OCG jigsaw that we need.”

Dr Ros Lynch, Director of Copyright and Enforcement, Intellectual Property Office said: “I’m delighted to celebrate World Intellectual Property Day and the theme of Women in Innovation. It’s a suitable day to welcome Detective Chief Inspector Teresa Russell to the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit. 

“I echo Teresa’s thoughts on partnership working being key to help tackle IP crime and look forward to working together with partners to address this issue.” 

World Intellectual Property Day takes place every year on 26 April.


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