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Trading Standards Are Key to Tackling IP Crime


Mike Weatherley, Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister and the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has backed a Parliamentary Motion which highlights the work that Trading Standards undertakes to protect consumers.

Early Day Motion 1290 (Trading Standards) draws attention to the reduction of many Trading Standards services across the country and urges the Government and local authorities to work together to find solutions in order to prioritise and protect Trading Standards.

In his role as the Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister, Mike has met with numerous Trading Standards officials from across the country to discuss the work that they do to combat IP crime. Trading Standards officers work closely with local police forces as well as the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and the national Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU).

Commenting, Mike said: Trading Standards do a fantastic job protecting consumers from a whole host of illegal activity and are key to tackling IP crime. While providing Trading Standards services has a cost, they provide a valuable service to society and, in the long term, will help boost our economy through increased use of legitimate services.