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UK ranks number one in the world for IP Enforcement

The US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) released the third edition of its International IP Index this week (4 February 2015) which rated the UK as number one in the world for intellectual property (IP) enforcement.

The report, which is a tool for governments across the globe to understand key IP factors, listed the UK second out of 30 countries – a mix of developed economies and emerging markets – for its IP environment and number one for its IP enforcement.

Germany came third and France fourth, whilst Thailand, India, Vietnam and Indonesia received the lowest overall scores.

The report welcomed the UK’s ‘high’ enforcement levels and commended the country’s “highly advanced and sophisticated national IP environment.”

Other key strengths of the UK that were highlighted in the report were:

  •  Highly advanced and sophisticated national IP environment
  •  Protection of trade secrets
  •  Framework in place to promote action against online piracy
  •  DRM legislation
  •  Commitment to and implementation of international treaties
  •  Consistent, effective, and innovative border protection against counterfeited and pirated goods

Head of City of London Police’s Economic Crime Directorate, Detective Chief Superintendent, Dave Clark said: “The City of London Police is extremely pleased to see that the UK’s IP enforcement is ranked at number one in the world.

“Our specialist Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) works closely with law enforcement nationally and internationally, to provide a world class service in tackling intellectual property crime”.

“We are pleased that the UK has been recognised as a leader in this area thanks to the collaborative partnerships between private sector, government and law enforcement.

“With PIPCU’s new extended funding from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) the team is set to continue its fight against intellectual property (IP) crime and forge new relationships near and far to ensure it remains an integral part of the national response to a threat that is costing the UK more than a billion pounds a year.”

Intellectual Property Minister, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, said, “A strong IP system is key to encouraging innovation and delivering continued economic growth. So I am tremendously pleased that this GIPC views the UK's IP enforcement regime as the best in the world. This is testimony to the joined up efforts of government agencies, law enforcement, industry and other local and UK and international partners in tackling IP crime.”

“That the UK is also ranked at the top for patents, trademarks, trade secrets and market access, membership of international treaties is further evidence of our world class IP regime.”​​