Intellectual property (IP) crime is a burgeoning problem that threatens the safety and welfare of citizens, undermines the effectiveness of our technology, and can adversely impact our nation's economic well-being. While IP crime is commonly perceived to be victimless, the impact on individuals and businesses can be devastating. Whether trafficking legitimate-looking pharmaceuticals that could contain toxic ingredients, counterfeiting critical computer equipment that can fail or provide harbor to harmful spyware, or selling electric accessories that can cause fires, these criminals callously put consumers and businesses at risk for their monetary gain.
To address this issue, the U.S. Department of Justice established a Task Force on Intellectual Property to better coordinate federal law enforcement efforts. As Attorney General Holder stated, "This Task Force will allow us to identify and implement a multi-faceted strategy with our federal, state, and international partners to effectively combat this type of crime."
BJA is helping to combat IP crime by funding state and local IP enforcement efforts through specialized task forces, prosecution efforts, and public awareness campaigns. BJA also sponsored the National White Collar Crime Center and the National Association of Attorneys General to develop and deliver specialized training on IP crime.