He added that a trial database for IP crimes was launched 15 months back with 18 member-countries sending information. This has now increased to 54 members. “The decision to launch a database for IP crimes was taken following the success of the pilot project for a database launched for stolen passports,” Noble said on the sidelines of the conference.
He said IP criminals were smart and well resourced, with in-depth knowledge about each country. “The Interpol database can play an important role if all the industries and countries send in information about these crimes,” he added.
Noble added: “If your product is not pirated or counterfeited then it is not popular.” The two-day forum organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) in collaboration with the US Chamber of Commerce and the Interpol is an opportunity for industry leaders from around the world to discuss and make substantive progress on issues like judicial remedies for IP infringement, IP protection in a digital age and consumer education and awareness. The forum is being held in India as this country is an easy target for IP crimes.
“For example, Bollywood is suffering tremendously with pirated movie CDs and DVDs,” said George Newton, deputy general secretary of Interpol. Asked whether Interpol would do something about the money laundering in IP crimes, Noble said: “Although chasing the money is important, first we need to identify the criminals.” Delegates from Brazil, China, France, Ireland, Singapore, Japan and the US are attending the conference.