Transcrime has been awarded, together with the other European universities and companies, project IPATCH (Intelligent Piracy Avoidance using Threat detection and Countermeasure Heuristics). IPATCH ranked 6th out of 200 project proposals submitted. The objectives of the project are: 1) To perform an in-depth analysis of the legal, ethical, economic and societal implications of existing counter-piracy measures; 2) To produce a manual to aid in the usage and further development of counter-piracy measures; 3) To develop an onboard ship automated decision support tool providing the operator with a robust real time threat assessment and mitigation of piracy threats. The project is funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme for Research, which selects strategic research projects at European level.