Do you wonder what is going on in IP enforcement outside of patents? Do you want to improve your knowledge and understanding of why the UK is regarded as one of the world leaders in IP rights enforcement? You might like to join a webinar which will answer those questions as well as;
- What are the challenges of identifying where counterfeit goods are made and how they are shipped?
- How can different parts of government work together to support IP rights and protect legitimate businesses?
- What is the UK doing to support British businesses and their IP rights overseas?
These are some searching questions. Huw Watkins, Head of Intelligence at the UK Intellectual Property Office will share his experiences of enforcement on the international stage, the value of being part of the Government Strategy on Serious and Organised Crime, and reflect on some successes at home and overseas.
He will also offer some ideas about how CIPA members can work with the IPO and other government departments to provide a richer picture of the people who infringe rights.
Huw Watkins is a former police officer who enjoyed a variety of roles, mainly as a detective, involving investigations into serious and organised crime as well as public protection. His second career has enabled him to establish networks both in the UK and overseas to support the IPO’s Enforcement Strategy 2016-20 and allow his team to receive, develop and share intelligence in support of that work.
The partnership work undertaken by the IPO has been recognised by Europol and Interpol as good practice. Huw has enjoyed some travel opportunities to share this practice overseas in places like China, Vietnam and India.
Despite being a father of five, and grandfather of 5, Huw manages to fit being a trustee for a Women’s Aid organisation into a hectic life schedule