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UL Announces Advanced Online Investigation Training Initiative at International Law Enforcement IP Crime Conference

September 21, 2015

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Sept. 21, 2015 — UL, a safety science organization, announced during the 9thInternational Law Enforcement IP Crime Conference that its newest offering of an advanced investigations course will more effectively combat criminal activity.

UL, INTERPOL and the Ministry of Security, Argentina organized the 2015 International Law Enforcement IP Crime Conference, from Sept. 22 – 24 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This year’s theme, Future Threats 2020 — Tools for Mitigating the Risk, emphasizes the growing danger of intellectual property theft exacerbated by the Internet of Things. The conference will outline emerging crime trends and enforcement strategies.

The course, offered through the International Intellectual Property Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC), will help law enforcement officials better understand consequences of digital piracy, how to commence an online criminal investigation and how online channels may be exploited by criminals. The training was launched Sept. 16, 2015.

Keith Williams, president and CEO of UL, will open the conference focusing on the seriousness of intellectual property theft. UL believes counterfeiting is a serious international crime that has arguably reached epidemic proportions, yet continues to grow each year. Through education, like the Online Investigation Course, law enforcement officials and private sector organizations will be better equipped to meet this challenge and help protect consumers, economies and businesses.

“Intellectual property theft is an intricate, complex crime and a direct threat to world economies," said Williams. "Education is the first and most important tool in protecting our clients and consumers against the dangers of intellectual property crimes.”

The Conference is a unique forum where delegates have the opportunity to learn about and discuss operational best practices, case studies and methodologies that can be utilized to combat transnational organized IP crime. It provides a unique forum for delegates to share and develop best practices to combat counterfeiting and piracy crimes. Private sector organizations, in addition to law enforcement personnel, both benefit from the workshops, discussions and networking opportunities provided at the conference.

Counterfeit goods stifle innovation, create unfair competition, economically harm business and governments and may pose serious health and safety threats. As a global symbol of trust, UL aggressively pursues counterfeiters and those who aid IP crimes. Each year, UL makes significant investments to protect consumers, the integrity of the UL Mark and the brands of UL’s customers by working in conjunction with law enforcement authorities around the globe.

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