DOJ Commits Millions to Fighting Intellectual Property Theft
The U.S. Attorney General recently announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is distributing more than $2.4 million in new grants to prevent and fight intellectual property theft. Over the past three years, DOJ has distributed more than $10 million in grants. “Preventing and combating intellectual property crimes constitutes a top priority for our nation’s Department of Justice,” a DOJ spokesperson said.
The new grants will go to 13 city, county and state jurisdictions, including Austin and San Antonio, Texas; Central Point, Oregon; Cook County, Illinois; Orlando, Florida; Riverside, Los Angeles and Sacramento, California; New York; St. Louis, Missouri; and Virginia. The funds will be used for purposes that include providing additional training, investigative resources and community outreach.
The Attorney General emphasized the federal government’s commitment on this issue, saying, “IP theft is not a victimless crime. It can devastate lives and businesses as well as undermine our nation’s financial stability, jeopardize the health of our citizens, and even threaten our national security.”
The DOJ’s Task Force on Intellectual Property works with state, local and international law-enforcement agencies to fight both domestic and international intellectual property crimes, including crimes that involve international organized crime. The Task Force also works with the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator to make improvements in intellectual property crime enforcement. Other crime-fighting partners include the National Association of Attorneys General and the National White Collar Crime Center.
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