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The Intellectual Property Unit currently has officers stationed at Police Service Headquarters, Kenneth Kaunda International Airport, Kitwe, Solwezi and Muchinga. Efforts to decentralize the Unit are in progress. From its inception, the Unit made notable and consistent efforts directed at reducing the high levels of music piracy by engaging variousstakeholders ina bid to address challenges in the enforcement of copyright - Audio visual works in particular. The passing of statutory instrument No. 100 of 2013 (Copyright and Performance Rights - Hologram regulation, 2013) is one such successful effort. The Unit has also managed to increase awareness on the dangers posed by counterfeit and substandard products on human health and the economy. This has been done through prosecution of individuals found wanting and giving of advise to right holders and consumers on legal remedies to the manyIntellectual Property Rights infringements they face. Through efforts made by the Unit in enforcing Intellectual Property Rights – with the aid of other public and private institutions, the country has gained international recognition in the enforcement of IPR. This has seen notable Trademark owners such as Nokia, SamsungElectronics, GUD, Lacoste, Procta&GamboKenyaLtd, Phillips, Colgateand British American Tobacco (Z) Ltd amongst others expressing interest and confidently conducting operations aimed at addressing the problem of counterfeiting.

The Unit has also participated in many international and regional operations organized and coordinated by INTERPOL aimed at protecting and promoting IPR and public health. These include

Operation Zambezi 2009        - Pharmaceutical Crimes

OperationTonse 2011              - Counterfeit products other than medicines

OperationGIBOIA 2013          - Pharmaceutical Crimes

Operation WIPE-OUT 2014     - Alcohol, Cigarettes, and Fuels

Operation Pangea 2014          - Internet Based Pharmaceutical Crimes

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