Washington DC
18 December 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

US DoJ launches IP enforcement network

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) has launched an intellectual property enforcement network, with five specialised prosecutors deployed in selected regions to provide training and technical assistance to local law enforcement.

The programme was originally created in 2006 in Thailand and the new network includes coordinators in Nigeria, Romania, Brazil and Hong Kong.

US prosecutors are positioned to help countries investigate and prosecute IP crimes and develop regional networks to deter and detect IP crime.

According to the DoJ, recent studies have shown that the international trade in counterfeit and pirated goods is a “multi-billion dollar industry that continues to grow”.

This includes counterfeiting, piracy and other forms of IP infringements in other industry sectors.

John Cronan, acting assistant attorney general of the DOJ’s criminal division, commented: “IP rights form the foundation of American innovation and protect the American public from products that pose risks to health and safety.”

“The protection of these rights requires robust international cooperation and coordination. The network is dedicated to developing the capacity of our foreign partners to combat IP violations and building relationships critical for that cooperation.”

He added: “Our strategically placed coordinators draw upon their subject matter expertise to help ensure that property holders’ rights are enforced across the globe, and that the American people are protected from harmful products entering the marketplace.”

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