2017 marks the 11th Annual International Law Enforcement IP Crime Conference, an event co-hosted by INTERPOL, the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), in partnership with UL (Underwriters Laboratories) and the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC).

The conference brings together senior police leaders, government officials, security and industry experts, as well as private sector participants, from all regions of the world to share best practices, develop new tools and create stronger partnerships.

Counterfeiting is an extreme safety risk to consumers.  The most common counterfeited items are electronic accessories.  In most cases, counterfeit electronic products are neither designed nor manufactured to meet industry safety standards and may lack the safety features necessary to protect users from shock and fire hazards.

For example, UL researchers conducted testing on 400 counterfeit iPhone adapters with shocking results.

The overall failure rate of the adapters exceeded 99 percent and all but three failed UL’s basic safety tests. Twelve were so poorly designed and constructed that they posed a risk of lethal electrocution to the user.

UL works closely with law enforcement agencies and the private sector to help protect consumers from counterfeit products entering the market. UL’s outreach and capacity building program with organizations form alliances to be better prepared to combat counterfeiting. The outreach and capacity team also develops educational tools, such as the Protecting Brands from Product Counterfeiting white paper. These tools help educate the public and private sector on the dangers of counterfeit goods and provide insight on how to combat IP crime.

Several years ago, a joint initiative between UL and INTERPOL resulted in the International IP Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC).  It is a prime example of the value of cross-sector partnerships.  The mission of the IP Crime Investigators College ( www.iipcic.org ) is to deliver world-class IP education to law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders around the world.  To date, we have over 13,500 learners that represent 454 global organizations from 144 countries.

Please visit us at www.ul.com to learn more about how you can support the fight against IP crime.

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