I have been supervising an investigative group within Homeland Security Investigations specializing in intellectual property rights enforcement investigations since 2014. In 2017, I began taking the IIPCIC online courses, and by 2018, I had completed all modules available to law enforcement in the IIPCIC system.
IIPCIC added another level of understanding of IP crime to the on-the-job knowledge that I accumulated during my years of supervising this specialized group. I would recommend the course modules to anybody in law enforcement working on IP-related crime.
For me personally, the course was helpful in clarifying the differences between industrial property rights (e.g. patents, trademarks, industrial designs) and copyright (protection of artistic works and software programmes, etc.). In my country we have seen a rise in statistics connected to IP crimes, that can be attributed to better reporting now that our officers are more knowledgeable about the issues.
I would definitely recommend the course to others as it offers many benefits, such as general understanding of IP crime, investigation techniques, building a case for prosecution, and dismantling organized IP crime syndicates.
The online IP Training Courses have helped increase my understanding of the IP Crimes occurring in the US and abroad by breaking down the fundamentals of the investigative process. It has given me the tools to be a better investigator and allowed me to network with other officers and corporations to successfully prosecute IP offenses.
Through this course, I learned there were links to terrorism, human trafficking, and other crimes that often go unnoticed. I also learned with counterfeit goods, many lives are lost as a result of subpar manufactured components. I would recommend this course to other officers, prosecutors, and fire investigators, as there is a direct connection to health and public safety with counterfeit goods.
Having been equipped with the appropriate knowledge and skills it is now easier for me – and my fellow officers – to investigate IP crimes and arrest the wrongdoers. We are better able to work hand in hand with brand owners when the need arises. I recommend the course to other stakeholders as we all need to work together, from customs officers and investigators to prosecutors.
I also believe teachers should be enrolled on the programme, so they can teach the basics at primary school level. In this way our children can grow up with knowledge about illicit goods and learn how to reduce the risk to their health.
Every day I witness the expansion in the number and complexity of intellectual property crimes being committed across the globe. That’s why I am pleased to have access to the International IP Crime Investigator’s College training platform. This tool provides me and my team with a solid foundation for the kind of cases we encounter. The solid core curriculum along with the real-world scenarios ensure a hands-on experience.
Our employees, from college interns to experienced investigators, benefit greatly from this training. I highly recommend this training for anyone working in the intellectual property crimes arena.
As an investigator in the Intellectual Property Unit, I found the content of the course was relevant to my day-to-day duties and it clearly outlined the steps to be taken before, during and after an investigation. The course really highlighted a number of valuable points such as the need for integration with other investigation strategies, and how to work with other law enforcement agencies to understand their respective responsibilities and avoid conflict.
This is a very good course that I would recommend to others, and I have already introduced some members of the police to this course.
The course is very relevant as I am training to be the IP investigator for my department and had never studied IP crime before. The course was invaluable: you are able to work at your own pace, it is very interactive, has vast amounts of valuable information and topics, and was broken down in simple terms.
When I started this journey, I knew nothing about the subject, now I am confident speaking to others about it, and I was able to deal with a report concerning gray goods in my jurisdiction. I would highly recommend this course to other law enforcement officers.
Thanks to this course, I have a good understanding of the issues surrounding intellectual property crime investigations. Combining theoretical and practical modules, the course is highly relevant.
The module on the investigation of online counterfeiting and piracy was of particular interest to me, while another major theme was the importance of collaboration with other law enforcement agencies and the private sector.
The online training course provides a complete package addressing IP crime. The individual modules are well structured and offer relevant operational advice. It is clear that IP crime permeates all facets of life with serious risks to health and life. Criminals make vast profits and take advantage of traditional criminal networks.
Given the gravity of IP crime and the potential links to other serious crime, including terrorism and human trafficking, this course is very important and I recommend that all law enforcement officers should take it.
Previously, my knowledge in identifying, investigating and collecting information on IP crime was limited. Now, having successfully completed the basic and intermediate curriculum of the IIPCIC training course, I can confidently claim I have professional and working knowledge in handling and investigating IP and other related crimes. This has gone a long way towards improving my overall skills and is beneficial to my career.
I will carry on with further levels of the training and I encourage other law enforcement agencies, such as customs, to enrol on the course themselves.
Having completed the IIPCIC training course I have an enhanced understanding and skills in countering IP crime. In particular, the course contains practical investigative tips, including different ways of preserving evidence.
As I am myself a trainer, the course is particularly relevant and beneficial to me in terms of being able to transfer the skills and knowledge to others. Not only will this build police capacity but will also build public confidence in the police, as people will see we are implementing solid measures to curb IP crime.
The training course has boosted my investigative skills and techniques, and has highlighted the importance of using INTERPOL tools and sharing information with other law enforcement agencies. In terms of operational relevance it has taught me how to identify counterfeit goods being sold in our local markets.
I recommend the course to other law enforcement officers such as immigration officials, so they can understand the dangers of counterfeit pharmaceutical products, fake electronic devices and other illicit goods. Prosecutors and magistrates can also benefit from the course, while economists need to be trained on the detrimental effects caused by counterfeits goods through tax evasion and money laundering, and so on.
The course helped me understand the transnational nature of IP crime, the effects on national economies and the danger posed to global health. It has proven its value by enabling us to adapt our briefing exercises prior to operations and to ensure that all operatives better understand IP crime.
I have already recommended the course to colleagues and will continue to do so.