Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit

House of Lords written question – answered on 29th July 2014.

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Photo of Lord Clement-Jones Lord Clement-Jones Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for future funding of the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit.

Photo of Baroness Neville-Rolfe Baroness Neville-Rolfe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Government provided £2.56 million of seed funding to establish the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit in 2013. This funding was provided on the understanding that, from 2015, industry stakeholders would be encouraged to make future investments in the unit, as a result of its demonstrated success in reducing online Intellectual Property (IP) crime.

The unit has been well received by industry and early indications suggest that it will reduce online IP crime.

The Government is currently discussing options to ensure the future sustainability of the Unit with industry.

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