Schneider launches counterfeiting course
Dubai, May 8, 2014
Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, in collaboration with the International IP Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC), an Interpol initiative in co-operation with Underwriters Laboratories, has launched a brand-centric counterfeiting online course for International IP crime investigators college.
This is the first course developed by a brand owner as part of the college’s private sector anti-counterfeiting curriculum, said a statement from Schneider Electric.
The counterfeit product training course is specifically designed to help provide customs officers and other law enforcement personnel with the information needed to identify APC-branded products that are often subject to counterfeiting, it stated.
The college’s online platform offers an innovative approach to delivering this critical information to law enforcement officials world-wide and is a cutting-edge training resource in the fight against counterfeiting crimes that currently represent a multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise.
Developed in conjunction with Underwriters Laboratories, the Schneider Electric APC Counterfeit Product Identification course focuses on ways of identifying counterfeit UPS products and includes contact information for law enforcement officials. Since its roll out through IIPCIC, authorities in 31 countries have signed up for the e-learning course.
Counterfeiting is a topical issue in the UAE. Dubai Customs officials reportedly recovered 65 seizures of goods that infringed Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in the first quarter of 2014, equaling 4.4 million items valued at Dh6.7 million.
In order to address the grave issue, the UAE Federal National Council recently passed a new law aimed at combating counterfeit goods and other types of commercial fraud.
Under the legislation, the government will impose tougher penalties on counterfeiters in addition to implementing stringent measures to protect brand owners’ rights.
Tracy Garner, the manager for anti-counterfeiting & unauthorised distribution, Schneider Electric, said: “Completely curbing the distribution of counterfeit products is a global concern and a key priority for us. Using inferior-quality products can have serious consequences for consumers and businesses jeopardizing the safety of people and property.”
“The opportunity to develop this course for the International IP Crime Investigators College gives us access to INTERPOL and UL – allowing Schneider Electric to train customs and law enforcement authorities across the world. Such pro-active initiatives will significantly increase visibility for this alarming issue,” she added.
Brian Monks, the VP for Anti-Counterfeiting Operations, Underwriters Laboratories, said: "We believe education and training programmes such as the one developed with Schneider Electric to help law enforcement agencies around the world identify counterfeit products is a critical element in combating counterfeit crime and protecting the public from potentially dangerous products."
The International IP Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC) is a fully interactive online IP crime training facility, which benefits all law enforcement and regulatory authorities, as well as private sector IP crime investigators.
Interpol’s Trafficking in Illicit Goods and Counterfeiting Program works in co-operation with UL to deliver this important crime‐fighting tool. The primary objective of the college is to deliver leading edge training to equip investigators with the necessary skills to effectively combat current and emerging threats from IP crime.-TradeArabia News Service