Frequently Asked Questions

What is the International IP Crime Investigators College?

The International IP Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC) is a fully interactive on‐line IP crime training facility which benefits law enforcement, regulatory authorities and private sector IP crime investigators worldwide. The INTERPOL Illicit Goods and Global Health Programme works in cooperation with Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) to deliver this important crime‐fighting tool.

On successful completion of the IIPCIC Core Curriculum (14 core introductory and intermediate level modules) students may download an IIPCIC Certificate endorsed by INTERPOL certifying they have "successfully completed a course of professional studies on the investigation of transnational and organized intellectual property (IP) crime." This certificate course is recognized by INTERPOL and provides IP crime professionals with evidence of specialist awareness and learning on the subject of transnational organized IP crime. Students can also earn a certificate for successfully completing the IIPCIC Advanced Level Curriculum on Investigating Online Counterfeiting and Piracy.

What is the mandate of IIPCIC?

IIPCIC is mandated to develop, coordinate and administer training programs to support international efforts to prevent, detect, investigate and prosecute transnational organized IP crime. The College serves the needs of all key international partners and stakeholders joined in the fight against IP crime.

What is the mission of IIPCIC?

The mission of IIPCIC is to deliver leading edge training to enable investigators to effectively combat current and emerging threats from transnational organized IP crime.

Will the modules be available in a variety of languages?
The IIPCIC Core Curriculum is available in Arabic, English, French, Mandarin,Spanish and Portuguese, and will ultimately be available in a number of other languages. The IIPCIC Advanced Level Curriculum on Investigating Online Counterfeiting and Piracy is available in English, Spanish and Mandarin. The IIPCIC Management Board will consider other languages if a partner organization is prepared to fund the translation or grants become available for this purpose.
Many organizations already provide similar training; in what way is IIPCIC different?

Other organizations provide intellectual property related training specifically aimed at the needs of their constituent membership. For example, police receive training which is directly related to their role including some aspects of IP crime. However, there is no one-stop training capability servicing the needs of all IP crime investigators. In the absence of this specialist knowledge it is difficult to coordinate and facilitate joint enforcement actions by police, customs, regulatory authorities and private sector IP crime investigators.

IIPCIC fills this void by ensuring that all public and private sector IP crime investigators have a common understanding of the problems facing them; are aware of each other’s competencies and roles; know what intervention strategies and tactics work; and, are better able to work together in partnership in enforcement operations to achieve agreed objectives.

Will other public and private sector organizations and individuals that have specialist knowledge on the subject be able to contribute to the development of IIPCIC?

The IIPCIC Management Board recognizes that there is a wealth of knowledge on the subject and many renowned organizations already have developed excellent training resources. Of these, several have provided material and made subject matter experts (SMEs) available to contribute to the development of the College.

What is the cost to take the training?

All law enforcement IP crime investigators including police officers, customs or appropriate regulatory body representatives will be able to take the training without charge.

Private sector industry/business professionals and students may take the IIPCIC Core Curriculum for a fee.

IIPCIC Core Curriculum Cost for Private Sector Training
Per module $150.00 USD
Bundle: Introductory Level (modules 1-7) $850.00 USD
Bundle: Intermediate Level (modules 8-14) $850.00 USD
Full Bundle: IIPCIC Core Curriculum (modules 1-14) $1600.00 USD
As a private sector organization, will we be able to develop training materials and have them made available for law enforcement through IIPCIC?

The IIPCIC modules illustrate how counterfeiting and piracy affect all industries. They are not intended to provide a comprehensive overview of issues facing each industry. A mechanism is in place to enable individual industries or brand holders to commission an industry specific module. Provided the module is produced in accordance with agreed standards it will be possible for your module to be incorporated in the IIPCIC curriculum and be made widely available to all IP crime investigators. Alternatively, it can be restricted to relevant public sector law enforcement agencies at your request.

What topics are covered?

The IP Crime training modules cover a variety of topics including:

IIPCIC Introductory Curriculum:

  • Introduction to Intellectual Property Crime

  • Organized Crime Funding & IP Crime

  • Effective Partnerships in Combating IP Crime

  • For a complete list, click here


IIPCIC Intermediate Curriculum:

  • Integrated IP Crime Law Enforcement Strategies

  • Protecting Trade Secrets

  • Investigation & Evidence Gathering

  • For a complete list, click here


IIPCIC Advanced Level Curriculum on Investigating Online Counterfeiting and Piracy:

  • Investigating Online Infringement

  • Online Distribution of Counterfeit & Pirated Goods

  • Digital Crime Scene Management

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Industry Specific Modules for Law Enforcement:

  • Electronics

  • Apparel

  • Beverages

  • Audio Visual Internet Piracy

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What if my organization does not have the technological resources to access the course?

IIPCIC will develop materials and offer support to enable all relevant organizations to have access to the training modules. Our ultimate goal is to deliver user‐friendly training globally, regardless of an organization’s technological resources. This aim presents many challenges especially in countries where there is not a modern communications infrastructure. The IIPCIC Management Board will examine how best to overcome these obstacles by providing access through the INTERPOL network of regional bureaus.

How can the International IP Crime Investigators College help me do my job better?

IIPCIC training is specifically designed to provide investigators with the necessary skills in IP crime prevention, detection and investigation. Integrated training and operations are the central themes of all INTERPOL Illicit Goods and Global Health Programme strategies.. Successful students will be able to demonstrate with their certificate that they have successfully completed an INTERPOL recognized course of professional studies on the investigation of transnational and organized intellectual property (IP) crime.

What role does INTERPOL play in IIPCIC?

INTERPOL is the world’s leading international police organization with 192 member countries. The Illicit Goods and Global Health Programme has established a reputation for providing regional and global leadership by coordinating and facilitating cross‐industry law enforcement interventions into transnational organized IP crime. These have been consistently employed in all regions over a number of years. The INTERPOL Illicit Goods and Global Health Programme provides global IP crime leadership and is one of the driving forces behind the development and delivery of IIPCIC to ensure it meets partnership needs and expectations.

For more information visit www.interpol.int.

Who are Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and why are they involved?

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is a public charity and not-for-profit company focused on advancing UL’s global safety mission of building safer living and working environments. UL promotes safe working and living environments for all people through research, standards development, education & advocacy. UL is committed to working with stakeholders and dedicates significant resources to help combat intellectual property (IP) crime on a global basis.

For more information visit www.ul.com.

Taking the online course was a very eye-opening experience. I have recommended the course to my colleagues and other law enforcement professionals. Thanks again for the wonderful experience. Investigative Analyst,
U.S. Department of Homeland Security