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U.S. Government Resources Dedicated to the Investigation and Prosecution of IP Crime-UPDATE

 

In my October 24, 2016, blog-post titled, “U.S. Government Resources Dedicated to the Investigation and Prosecution of IP Crime,” I detailed the considerable resources the U.S. dedicates to the fight against IP crime.[1]

On December 15th of this year, the U.S. Departments of State and Justice, respectively, announced another step it has taken in furtherance of that commitment. The Department of Justice (DOJ) now has five (5) Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordinators (IPLECs) in various parts of the world.

Here is a bit of history on the program and it’s current status as detailed in the  December 15th DOJ press release titled:

Department of Justice and Department of State Launch Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordinator (IPLEC) Network: Five Specialized Prosecutors Deployed to Provide Training and Technical Assistance to Foreign Law Enforcement in Selected Regions:

“The IPLEC program was created in 2006, with the first IPLEC stationed in Bangkok, Thailand.  The program now has grown to a network of five prosecutors, posted in:

  • Abuja, Nigeria;
  • Bucharest, Romania;
  • São Paulo, Brazil;
  • Bangkok, Thailand and
  • Hong Kong S.A.R.

“The network is designed to ensure that experienced U.S. prosecutors are located in high-impact regions to enhance the capacity of individual countries to investigate and prosecute IP crimes, and to develop regional networks to more effectively deter and detect IP crimes.” [2]

[1] https://ip-pi-blog.com/2016/10/24/u-s-government-resources-dedicated-to-the-investigation-and-prosecution-of-ip-crime/

[2] https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/department-justice-and-department-state-launch-intellectual-property-law-enforcement

 

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Ron Alvarez is an IP Protection and Investigations specialist at XG Consultants Group, Inc., in New York City. He is a former NYPD lieutenant where he investigated robbery, narcotics, internal affairs, and fine art theft cases. Ron is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and earned a B.A. in Government and Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. He has published a number of articles on various topics for PI Magazine. Ron is licensed in New York State.

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