IP Crime and Enforcement Report 19/20 highlights the importance of combining ‘behavioural change amongst consumers’ and ‘enforcement’.

In her introduction to this year’s IP Crime and Enforcement Report, Amanda Solloway MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Science, Research and Innovation) notes, “2020 has been a year of unexpected challenges and the dedication illustrated by the practitioner-led testimonies and the statistical analysis in this report testify to the resilience, flexibility and commitment of the UK IP Crime Group members. As we reset our agendas so that achieving behavioural change amongst consumers is added to deterrence, enforcement and evidence-gathering as our main priorities.”

The Report includes contributions from the National Markets Group for IP Protection and its public awareness initiative, the Real Deal Campaign for Fake-Free Markets (pages 36 and 49 respectively).

The NMG and Real Deal were highlighted in the Report’s chapter: IP Crime Today: Overview – The Scale and Scope of IP Crime (chapter 2, page 14):

“Contributions from National Trading Standards, the National Markets Group for IP Protection and Real Deal point to the development of efficient, coordinated, well documented interventions, delivered by experience and knowledgeable experts throughout the UK. One the most significant successes in this field has been engagement with the ‘Real Deal Charter’, with Manchester City Council celebrating 10 years of successful partnership between Trading Standards Officers and market traders in December 2019. The vitality of this scheme was demonstrated as Dudley Council entered the partnership in 2019, joining more than 500 participatory markets throughout the UK.” 

Read the full report here: IP Crime and Enforcement Report 19/20