Northbrook, Ill. – Oct 15. 2013 – Keith Williams, president and CEO of UL, a world leader in advancing safety science, opened the 2013 International Law Enforcement IP Crime Conference today in Dublin, Ireland. The three-day event, themed "Borderless Enforcement – Empowering Those Who Combat Transnational Organized Crime through Training," brings together law enforcement personnel from public and private sectors around the world to share and develop best practices to fight counterfeiting and piracy crimes.
In his opening address, Williams announced three new training initiatives. Two training platforms, a multi-lingual Learning Management System and a private sector e-Learning initiative, will be available through the International IP Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC). UL has been a supporter of the IIPCIC in partnership with INTERPOL.
The third is a youth educational program, Wild About Safety: Safety Smart Honest & Real! Debuted at the Conference, the program is aimed at teaching school-aged children what it means to have good character and the challenges to having good character, including illegally downloading music and buying stolen or counterfeit (fake) goods.
"Education is the first and most important cornerstone in constructing a strong foundation in building capacity in both public and private sector organizations to combat IP crime," said Williams. "Knowledge will equip front line defenders with the requisite knowledge and expertise to defeat transnational criminals, which will ultimately protect the public from dangerous counterfeit products."
The seventh annual conference, co-hosted by INTERPOL and the An Garda Síochána in partnership with UL, brings together more than 500 delegates representing law enforcement, regulatory and custom agencies, private sector IP crime investigators, and prosecutors from at least 60 countries.
The event features plenary sessions, operational workshops, interactive round tables and specialized IP crime learning sessions as well as one-on-one networking opportunities to enable delegates to discuss operational matters with representatives of investigative agencies and other organizations.
Counterfeit goods stifle innovation, create unfair competition, economically harm business and governments and can pose serious health and safety threats to consumers around the world. As a global symbol of trust, UL aggressively pursues counterfeiting in the marketplace. Each year UL makes significant investments to protect consumer safety, the integrity of the UL certification mark and the brands of UL’s customers by working in conjunction with law enforcement authorities around the globe.
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