UL is proud to partner with Interpol and An Garda Síochána for the seventh annual International Law Enforcement IP Crime Conference in Dublin, Ireland, on Oct. 15-17. The 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.

The conference is a unique and collaborative forum in which delegates have the opportunity to learn and discuss operational best practices that can be utilized to combat transnational organized IP crime and promote safety worldwide. The annual conference draws over 450 delegates representing law enforcement, regulatory custom agencies, private sector IP crime investigators and prosecutors from more than 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 that enable delegates to discuss operational matters with representatives of investigative agencies and other organizations.

2013 Conference Highlights:

UL President and CEO Keith Williams will open the event and announce three new training initiatives to help combat counterfeiting:

  • A private sector e-Learning initiative
  • A multilingual learning management system for the International IP Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC)
  • The new Safety Smart Honest & Real! youth educational program, developed in partnership with the Walt Disney Company

Barbara Guthrie, UL vice president, public safety advocacy, education and outreach, is participating in three important discussions during the event:

  • Plenary session: “Innovative Programs – The Developing Strategies to Raise Awareness on Counterfeiting”
  • Operational workshop: “Innovative Educational and Awareness Programs – Children and Youth”
  • Interactive roundtable discussion: “Innovative Educational and Awareness Programs”

Joining Barbara Guthrie will be Dave Bossert, creative director and head of special projects, Walt Disney Animation Studios who directed the “Safety Smart Honest & Real!” animation featuring Timon and Pumbaa from Disney’s “The Lion King”

UL’s Rod Jones, investigations manager, Anti-Counterfeiting Operations, is facilitating two workshops on the subject of “Effective IP Enforcement for Health and Safety.”

UL’s anti-counterfeiting efforts

Counterfeit goods stifle innovation, create unfair competition, harm business and governments economically, and can pose serious health and safety threats to consumers around the world. UL takes an aggressive stance against counterfeiting through a comprehensive program that involves law enforcement agencies from around the world. UL works closely with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Interpol, and other law enforcement agencies around the world to provide them with information to distinguish between authentic and counterfeit UL Marks.

UL has a zero-tolerance policy for counterfeit goods and does not consent to the import, export or manipulation of seized merchandise carrying a counterfeit UL Mark. We have worked with law enforcement to enable thousands of seizures of counterfeit products at entry ports from coast to coast, preventing millions of products bearing counterfeit UL Marks from reaching the marketplace and consumers. In addition, UL requires holographic labels for products targeted by counterfeiters.

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.