Media Advisory/Media Availability - Interpol and Royal Canadian Mounted Police Intellectual Property Crime Conference calls for greater coordination to combat transnational organized counterfeiting and piracy



    NIAGARA FALLS, ON, June 19 /CNW/ - Over 350 government officials, law
enforcement and industry investigators and representatives of industries
affected by transnational organized intellectual property crime have gathered
in Niagara Falls, Canada for a three day International Law Enforcement
Intellectual Property Crime Conference, co-hosted by Interpol and the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police. This conference is focused on how investigators, from
over 48 countries, can investigate, prevent and disrupt these often life
threatening activities, and ensure operational resources are focused where
they will be most effective.

    
    A media availability will be held at:-

    Date:                 Wednesday June 20th, 2007
    Time:                 1330 hrs (1:30 pm)
    Location:             Sheraton Fallsview Hotel and Conference Centre
                          6755 Fallsview Blvd
                          Niagara Falls, Ontario
    

    Leading experts from all over the world are meeting to provide insights
into how they work to reduce the impact of transnational organized
counterfeiting and piracy and share their intervention strategies and tactics
to make greater contribution to collective efforts to fight Intellectual
Property crime.
    "It is only through united efforts by both the public and private sectors
that real successes in combating transnational organized counterfeiting and
piracy can be achieved," said Interpol Project Manager John Newton. He added
"Interpol's new Database on International Intellectual Property (DIIP) Crime
will take this co-operation to a new level by making regional and worldwide
information available to focus law enforcement investigations into
counterfeiting."
    RCMP Assistant Commissioner Raf Souccar, agrees that IP crime must be
tackled through enhanced cooperation, domestically and globally. "IP crime is
increasingly complex, often involving organized crime groups connected
globally," says A/Commr. Souccar. "It's essential that law enforcement
agencies, governments at all levels, the private sector and our international
partners work together closely, leveraging resources and sharing expertise to
effectively target this scourge."

    
    Available for interviews will be:

                          Superintendent Ken Hansen
                          RCMP Director, Federal Enforcement Branch

                          John Newton
                          Interpol Intellectual Property Project Manager

                          Keith Williams
                          President and CEO Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
    

    As well as representatives from other countries.

    Due to space limitations, all sessions are closed to the media.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Cst. Judith Laurence, Corporate
Communications and Media Relations, RCMP 'O' Division, (905) 299-6515 -
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