Follow the money approach − organized crime in Intellectual Property and Sports | Huw Watkins


Huw Watkins is the head of the UK Intellectual Property Office intelligence hub. A former police officer, Huw has many years experience in the investigation of serious and organized crime. In addition to covert police work, Huw also worked in the area of child protection and human trafficking. Within the UK, the IPO intelligence hub develops intelligence in relation to counterfeiting and piracy to allow police and trading standards officers to begin criminal investigations. Conference „Intellectual Property and Sports” took place in Vilnius (Lithuania) on April 13−14, 2016. Organizers of the regional conference were the State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania with Department of Physical Education and Sports under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and National Olympic Committee of Lithuania, in cooperation with European Union Intellectual Property Office, World Intellectual Property Organization. Purposes of event were to discuss close links between intellectual property and sports, value of intellectual property to sports community, to get acquainted with harm of fake sports measures done to athletes and sports sector and the influence of innovation to the achievements at sports, to discuss the copyright and related rights protection problems in broadcasting sports events.