Alliances | FAST



The Federation’s position as an authority on software intellectual property rights is well known throughout the industry and government. In recognition of this expertise FAST is invited to take part in various government and industry groups pollicy development activity streams.

IP Crime Group – with UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO)IPO logo

Lead member of the Workplace Strategy Group, Prevention and Intervention Groups consisting of enforcement practitioners who consider strategies to deal with IP Theft.

UK Intellectual Property Office is an operating name of the Patent Office.

Intellectual Property Online Protection Group (IPOP)

IPOP is a cross industry body of Internet investigators representing the book publishing, music, games, software, merchandising and film industries. IPOP was established in 2001 to work co-operatively in fighting on-line piracy on behalf of its Members.

The group meets on a regular basis, discussing current piracy issues and pooling knowledge and experience.

Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU)City of London Police logo

The City of London Police and the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), which is within the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, have established the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU).

The IPO is providing the City of London Police, which is the national police service lead for fraud, with £2.56 million in funding over two years to run what is an operationally independent law enforcement unit dedicated to tackling serious and organised intellectual property crime (counterfeit and piracy) affecting physical and digital goods (with the exception of pharmaceutical goods).

PIPCU’s focus will be on offences committed using an online platform.

The unit launched on September 12 with a 19 strong-team, consisting of detectives, analysts and researchers, based at the force’s Economic Crime Directorate in the City of London. Here it is drawing on the expertise and experience already in place that is leading the national law enforcement response to economic crime and running independently funded police units tackling insurance fraud, corruption and bribery and card payment fraud.

Intellectual Property Awareness Network - IPANIPAN logo

IPAN is a network of professional and business organisations with a shared interest in improving general awareness and understanding of patents, trade marks, designs, copyright and other intellectual property rights.

Trading Standards InstituteTrading Standards Institute logo

Trading standards professionals enforce consumer related legislation, legislation which is vast and constantly evolving and changing.

TSI influences much of that evolution through the work of our lead officers, trading standards professionals  specialising in different areas of responsibility.


The Federation Against Copyright Theft is the UK’s leading trade organisation established to protect and represent the interests of its members’ Intellectual Property (IP).

Established in 1983, FACT works closely with statutory law enforcement agencies to combat all forms of piracy and members include global and UK film distributors, TV broadcasters and sport rights owners.

techUKTech UK logo

techUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow

More than 850 companies are members of techUK. Collectively they employ more than 500,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. These companies range from leading FTSE 100 companies to new innovative start-ups. The majority of our members are small and medium sized businesses.

techUK is committed to helping its members and the sector grow.

InngotInngot logo

Inngot are on a mission to help organisations everywhere capitalise on the strength of their IP and intangibles, which form the ‘currency’ of the knowledge economy. Inngot’s services solve the problems of asset identification, valuation and marketing which have made it difficult for companies to harness this vital source of value, normally absent from balance sheets.


ACID (Anti Copying in Design) was created in 1996 by designers for designers and manufacturers who uphold the value of original design. ACID is committed to raising awareness and encouraging respect for IP within individual and corporate responsibility and creating a safer trading environment for its members. By encouraging design talent and nurturing and developing fairer trade in design, we help our members protect their livelihoods to maximise growth and minimise IP infringement.

Ideas MatterIdeas Matter logo

Ideas Matter is a consortium of cross-sector enterprises, small and medium-sized businesses and trade associations that aims to expand awareness and promote the benefits of intellectual property (IP). We firmly believe that ideas are important to the economy, important to society, important to companies both large and small. In other words, Ideas Matter.

Ideas Matter was founded by Philips, Microsoft and DSM. If you’d like to know more about Ideas Matter, or want to become a member of the consortium, then please get in touch:



The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is a trade association for the software and digital content industry based in Washington DC.  Its principal mission is to promote, protect and inform the industry. For more information and contact details visit their website at