The prosecution of offenders through the criminal courts has become increasingly difficult due to the reduction in resources for Trading Standards Services, Police and other law enforcement agencies.
TM Eye undertakes Private Criminal Prosecutions on behalf of its Rights Holders.
We gather overwhelming evidence of ‘crimes in action’ by means of pro-active policing techniques. The evidence is collated and submitted for review by our legal partners.
Once we have a substantive criminal case we undertake enforcement action with Trading Standards and/or police to gather and secure evidence and recover counterfeit goods.
We then prosecute using specialist IP lawyers with expert knowledge of the Industry.
Trading Standards or Police Financial Investigation Teams work with us to identify criminal proceeds and assets.
At the conclusion of our criminal case the Financial Investigating Team recover the Proceeds of Crime.
The benefits include:
- Expert evidence gathering.
- Specialist legal team experienced in IP crime.
- Recovery of costs for the Rights Holder.
- Disruption of organised criminal networks.
- Fast time legal process.
- Recovery of proceeds of crime.
In partnership with our Intellectual Property specialist solicitors, TM EYE has successfully carried out private criminal prosecutions since October 2011, on behalf of supportive brands. Further cases are in the process of being prepared.
This is a valuable and cost effective tool for Rights Holders in fighting counterfeiting.