Measures to take illegal traders listed in new report

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CONSUMERS must beware of illegal traders who are increasingly using the internet to sell counterfeit and pirated goods, according to the Intellectual Property Crime report published by Baroness Neville-Rolfe today.

The report, written by the Intellectual Property Office on behalf of the UK IP Crime Group, sets out key developments in IP crime and new enforcement activity to tackle issues.

These include the creation and impact of a specialist police unit, The City of London’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit, which has already investigated more than £28 million worth of IP crime and suspended more than 2,000 domain names in its first year.

Targeted investigations by Trading Standards are also listed in the report.