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PIPCU receives international excellence award

  • PIPCU receives the annual Intellectual Property Champions Award for Excellence in Enforcement
  • This is the first time the award has been received by a member of the law enforcement community from outside the USA
  • The award is in recognition of PIPCU’s unique capabilities to disrupt and enforce online intellectual property crime

The City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has received the annual Intellectual Property Champions Award for Excellence in Enforcement from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center.

This is the first time the Excellence in Enforcement award has been received by a member of the international law enforcement community.

Detective Chief Superintendent Pete O’Doherty, the head of the City of London Police’s Economic Crime Directorate and Acting Detective Chief Inspector Nick Court attended the awards ceremony on Wednesday 12 September at the U.S. Chamber headquarters in Washington. PIPCU was recognised for its unique enforcement capabilities and its recent successes relating to counterfeit hard goods and online enforcement of piracy.

The IP Champions Gala is a special evening recognizing America’s innovators and creators—in diverse IP intensive fields from music to film, technology to medicine. The gala was attended by Members of Congress, policy makers, business leaders as well as staff from Capitol Hill, the Administration, and federal agencies.

Head of the City of London Police’s Economic Crime Directorate, Detective Chief Superintendent Pete O’Doherty, said: “This is a significant achievement for the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) which has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2013.

“The dedication of the officers in this unit is a credit to the force and it is an honour to have that recognised as the first recipient of this award within the international law enforcement community.”

Dr Ros Lynch, Director of Copyright and Enforcement at the Intellectual Property Office said: “I’m delighted to hear that PIPCU has won the Excellence in Enforcement award. To be the first international law enforcement body to win this award is a huge achievement.

"I’d like to congratulate and thank PIPCU’s officers for helping to protect UK industries and the public from counterfeit goods.”


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