Interpol launches intellectual property crime database

Written by Economy Bureau | Mumbai, Feb 26 | Updated: Feb 27 2008, 05:10am hrs
With counterfeiting and piracy costing about $250 million a year, Interpol has joined hands with the US Chamber of Commerce, the US India Business Council, the Confederation of Indian Industry and the department of industrial policy and promotion to launch its database on international intellectual property (DIIP) crime here on Tuesday. Interpol is the worlds largest international police organisation with 186 countries as members.

Interpol secretary-general Ronald K Noble on Tuesday said the database would be a unique central point for private industry worldwide to provide information on intellectual property (IP) crime. One of its key functions would be to maintain reliable data on the scale of counterfeiting and piracy to determine more clearly the nature of crime against brand and copyright integrity.

Interpol's specialist units at its headquarters at Lyon in France will analyse data to seek possible links in IP crimes across different industry sectors, facilitate criminal investigations and develop strategic IP crime reports.

Noble said the protection of IP was tremendously essential. The organised crime against innovation and creativity directly affects economic stability of growing economies. Business and economy will fail unless adequate measures for its protection are taken, and hence, a representation from countries across the globe, including countries like the US, Japan, India, China, Ireland and Brazil, attended the 2nd Annual Global Forum on Innovation, Creativity, and Intellectual Property.

Noble said the partnership would allow law enforcement agencies, governments and industries to work together to detect and investigate more effectively criminal networks engaged in such crime.

David Chavern, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of the US Chamber, said objectives of the DIIP would be to identify links among criminal groups and use the information in investigations and production of global strategic reports. John Newton, project manger of the intellectual property right project, informed that data in the form of text have been submitted by 12 cross-industry representative bodies, multinationals and third-party providers. Over 5,000 entities, including 1,287 people and companies, are included in the database. Newton informed that 21 Interpol member countries had contributed information about 243 IP crime investigations.