Welsh government bankrolls firm’s global IP anti-piracy biz

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The Welsh government is helping a relatively unknown, Cardiff-headquartered firm to the wider global market to launch a new worldwide intellectual property anti-piracy business.

CJCH Solicitors, which specialises in IP crime, is launching the yet-unnamed business unit with the help of a £432,000 grant from the Welsh government, Legal Futures reported. The business, which will have its own identity separate from the firm, is an offshoot of CJCH’s already expansive IP division.

“IP piracy, which can range from copyright theft or infringement to counterfeit goods, is a growing global issue that can cause untold damage to businesses, to their protected and valued brands and to the economy,” said Ken Skates, Welsh economy secretary.

“For some time now, our team have concerned ourselves with the growing void in awareness and business readiness in relation to cyber security, IP and data protection,” said Stephen Clarke, CJCH senior partner.

He said the firm’s primary goal is to work with partner organisations to narrow the gap, specifically through the development of best practice and thought leadership in the Welsh, and greater UK, community.

“Cyber-crime is not going to go away, rather it is going to evolve, getting more sophisticated, aggressive and invasive,” he said.

The division already enforces compliance in 37 countries, with big-name clients like French aircraft manufacturer Dassault and British multinational IT firm AVEVA. CJCH has been instrumental in the conduct of raids against major infringement suspects, the report said.

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