Cardiff hosts international digital crime conference

Digital crime experts from across the world recently gathered in Cardiff for a conference encouraging collaboration in the fight against online crooks.

The IP Wales Cluster meeting took place at the University of South Wales and brought together specialists from the digital crime investigation and enforcement industry.

It saw intellectual property crime experts discuss how the industry can tackle digital crime – particularly software theft, piracy and data leaks.

Zhenhao Wei, from Han Yuan & Partners in Shanghai, was one of the keynote speakers. He’s served at  Shanghai Second Intermediate People’s Court and worked in legal departments at companies such as Microsoft and the Business Software Alliance Beijing Office.

His talk focused on combatting IP infringements in China, as well as different ways the country can collaborate with British organisations to help eradicate digital crime worldwide.

Michael Ellis, chairman of International IP Crime Investigators College, spoke about criminal investigations related to illicit trade and IP theft. He’s written on this topic extensively and works as an international advisor on criminal trade methods.

Luke Heydenrych, a PhD law student at Swansea University and head of operations at CJCH Solicitors, profiled some of his research in software piracy and IP cyber crime at the conference.

He also has management consultancy experience in systems implementation and previously worked as a specialist strategy consultant with Accenture. Luke is now based at CJCH Solicitors and operates predominantly under its consulting division.

Speaking at the conference, Heydenrych said: “With cyber crime and intellectual property infringement becoming more sophisticated and posing a growing threat on the global stage, it is now more imperative than ever that we combine our expertise to help tackle this crime.

“Despite popular belief, cyber and software crime does not simply affect major corporations and businesses globally, it affects ordinary people across all cross sections of society and can have devastating consequences.”