will come from the UK IPO and will fund the Unit from 2015
The Unit was set up with £2.56 million in funding from
the IPO in September 2013. This covered the first two years of
PIPCU comprises: 21 detectives, police staff investigators,
analysts, researchers, an education officer and a
communications officer. There are two secondees from the UK IPO
and the BPI.
Since launching, PIPCU claims to have investigated more than
£29 million ($47 million) worth of IP crime and suspended
2,359 domain names. It says it has seized more than £1.29
million-worth of suspected fake goods and diverted more than 5
million visits away from copyright-infringing sites (see image
PIPCU has also set up
Operation Creative and the
Infringing Website List.
More information about PIPCU is in the
IP Crime Group report 2013/2014.