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Labour Promise to Clamp Down on IP Theft

28 April 2005

The Alliance Against Counterfeiting and Piracy campaign to strengthen intellectual property law took a major step forward today following the announcement of a Labour pledge to take tougher action to tackle IP theft should they win a third term in office.

Lavinia Carey, Chair of the Alliance Against Counterfeiting and Piracy, said: “With billions of pounds being lost through counterfeiting and piracy, we welcome this timely recognition of the importance of intellectual property to British industry.

This commitment by Labour to crack down on this crime and strengthen the hand of Trading Standards Officers, who have a front line role in the fight against IP crime, is good news for industry and excellent news for consumers who have the right to expect safe and high quality products.

We will continue to press the need turn these promises into action as soon as possible and ensure that legislation is introduced which stiffens the penalties for IP theft and makes it easier to secure convictions.”

For information about joining the Alliance please contact Susie Winter at susie@allianceagainstiptheft.co.uk or on 020 7534 0595