No.1 Tutor Course of ¡§IPR Badge Programme for Youth Ambassadors¡¨
8 July 2018 - 14 July 2018


The YAS was first introduced by Hong Kong Customs in collaboration with the Intellectual Property Department and the IPR industry in 2006. It was established to foster youngsters' respect for IPR at an early age, with an aim of building a solid foundation for IPR protection in society by engaging the youth in combating Internet piracy and in participating in various kinds of educational activities on IPR.

In 2016, Hong Kong Customs launched the Programme as a new initiative. Through specially designed training programmes, youths gain opportunities to strengthen their awareness of respect and protection of IPR. Three levels of courses, namely the Foundation Course, the Advanced Course and the Tutor Course, are offered in phases under the Programme. The first Foundation Course, the first Advanced Course and the first Tutor Course were launched in phases between 2016 and 2018.

Participants who finish all three levels of courses will be awarded the Certificate for completing the Tutor Course and an IPR badge, and become tutors for the Programme. They will be provided with opportunities to play an important role in the promotion and education activities organised by Hong Kong Customs, relevant government departments and various youth uniformed groups in the future.

The first Tutor Course was held between 8 and 14 July 2018. The six-day training programme that the 30 Youth Ambassadors completed was rich in content. Besides having attended a four-day study tour on IPR in Korea co-organised by Hong Kong Customs and the Korea Customs Service, they also participated in training on discipline, leadership and presentation skills. They also attended seminars on customs law enforcement and IPR as well as a workshop on the latest Internet information. Visits to magistrates' courts were arranged, followed by dialogue with a magistrate and the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions.

No.1 Advanced Course of ¡§IPR Badge Programme for Youth Ambassadors¡¨
21 August 2017 - 25 August 2017


The C&ED launched the Programme last year with an aim of encouraging young people through diversified training courses to actively protect IPR and set an example for their families and peers in daily life.

The five-day advanced training course which the 36 Youth Ambassadors have just completed was rich in content. Apart from being able to interact with veteran film workers and get to know the impacts of infringing activities on the film industry, they also had a good opportunity to enter creators' inner world by receiving mobile app design training at the City University of Hong Kong.

The Programme also included a visit to the Correctional Services Department's facilities, study of IPR violation cases and a mock-up trial competition under the guidance of counsels of the Department of Justice, as well as physical and leadership training courses at the Customs and Excise Training School.

"I Pledge¡EYAS Theme Song ¡V Listen to the World"
14 March 2016


"I Pledge¡EYAS Theme Song" was performed by the winners of the "I Pledge¡EYouth Ambassador" Singing Contest and others.

This theme song is specially created to promote the importance of IPR protection amongst youngsters through a light-hearted tune.

This was the tenth year the "I Pledge" Campaign and the YAS organised activities jointly. Both the IPD and the C&ED would continue to work hand in hand for enhancing public awareness and respect for IPR.

" Listen to the World" is now uploaded to the YouTube Channel of IPD, please click on the link below for the singing performance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3XBm2DPzGY

"I Pledge¡EYouth Ambassador of the Year 2015 Award Presentation Ceremony" held today (with photos) (with photo)
19 December 2015


The "I Pledge¡EYouth Ambassador of the Year 2015 Award Presentation Ceremony" was held at the Customs Headquarters Building today (December 19). The activity, jointly organised by the Customs and Excise Department (C&ED) and the Intellectual Property Department (IPD) in the past 10 years, was committed to enhancing public awareness of respect and protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) and setting up role models for young people to fight against infringement.

The ceremony was officiated by the Commissioner of Customs and Excise, Mr Roy Tang and the Director of Intellectual Property, Ms Ada Leung. Over 200 Youth Ambassadors, members of the Intellectual Property Right Protection Alliance and "I Pledge" members participated in this activity.

Please refer to the following webpage for details :
http://www.customs.gov.hk/en/publication_press/press/index_id_1494.html

Outstanding Public and Private Partnership in the Fight against Counterfeiting (with photo)


The Customs and Excise Department (C&ED) has been presented with an award for Outstanding Public and Private Partnership in the Fight against Counterfeiting by the International Intellectual Property Crime Investigators College (IIPCIC) operated under INTERPOL and Underwriters Laboratories (UL). This is the second such award received by the department in two years.

This year, the C&ED was commended for, in addition to enforcement, the further efforts made by its Intellectual Property Investigation Bureau (IPIB). In view of the increasing complexity of IPR offences, the IPIB has gone one step further over the years in promoting communication and co-operation between the public and private sectors and in advocating training and educational opportunities on IPR.

Noting that co-operation between law enforcement agencies and IPR owners is pivotal in the fight against IPR offences, the C&ED in collaboration with the IPR industry established the Intellectual Property Rights Protection Alliance in 2004. Through an effective public-private partnership, the C&ED and the IPR industry jointly monitor the piracy and counterfeiting situation in the market, formulate strategic plans, and educate the public on the importance of IPR protection.

Please refer to the following webpage for details :
http://www.customs.gov.hk/en/publication_press/press/index_id_1438.html

Intellectual Property Matters : How do youngsters promote creativity with Hong Kong Customs? (with attachment)

Hong Kong Lawyer Cover Story: Face to Face with Albert Ho CMSM
Customs and Excise Department Assistant Commissioner (Intelligence and Investigation)
(with attachment)

On 5 June, coinciding with World Anti-Counterfeiting Day, the Intellectual Property Investigation Bureau of Hong Kong Customs was highly commended by the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group and presented with a Global Anti-Counterfeiting Award to recognise its outstanding achievements in combating counterfeiting and piracy.

Following on the heels of this success, Hong Kong Lawyer speaks with Albert Ho, CMSM, the Assistant Commissioner of Hong Kong Customs overseeing the Intellectual Property Investigation Bureau to learn more about the Bureau¡¦s work, its achievements and the challenges it faces due to rapid technological advances and the increasing popularity of e-commerce.

Please refer to the following webpage for details.

http://hk-lawyer.org/en/article.asp?articleid=2235&c=115

Global Anti-Counterfeiting Award 2014

Following the honor of the Best Innovation (Entrepreneurial Innovation) Certificate of Merit of the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2014, the Intellectual Property Investigation Bureau of the Customs and Excise Department has been highly commended by the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Group (GACG) and was awarded with the Global Anti-Counterfeiting Award 2014 in recognition of our outstanding achievements in combating counterfeiting and piracy.

The Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards are presented for outstanding achievements by individuals or organisations involved in combating counterfeiting and piracy.

Please refer to the following webpage for details.

http://www.customs.gov.hk/en/publication_press/press/index_id_1164.html

Best Innovation (Entrepreneurial Innovation) Certificate of Merit of the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2014 (with photos)


Electronic Crime Investigation Centre

The Hong Kong ICT Awards aims to recognise and promote outstanding ICT inventions and applications, thereby encouraging innovation and excellence among Hong Kong's ICT talents and enterprises in their constant pursuit for creative and better solutions to meet business and social needs.

The Electronic Crime Investigation Centre (ECIC) established by the Customs and Excise Department in 2013 won the Best Innovation (Entrepreneurial Innovation) Certificate of Merit of the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2014.

The establishment of ECIC is to enable Customs officers to stay vigilant of and well prepare to deal with new enforcement challenges that come with advancing cyber technologies. The main function of the ECIC is to conduct researches on how criminals are using the latest technologies to commit cyber crimes. Based on its research findings, the ECIC would deliver quality trainings to both local and overseas investigators in order to escalate their enforcement capabilities. It also seeks to develop new cyber monitoring systems to assist enforcement; and to cooperate with international enforcement agencies to create synergies in curbing illegal activities in the cyber world.

Please refer to the following webpage for details.

http://www.hkictawards.hk/news.asp?menuid=22597&supmenuid=22591

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