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Interagency Effort to Combat IP Theft

Intellectual-PropertyThe Department of Justice has joined forces with other government departments and agencies as part of the Obama administration’s effort to combat theft of intellectual property, Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday.

Together with administration officials, DOJ has developed key aspects of the first-ever Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, which aims to protect the nation’s ability to remain at the forefront of technological advancement, business development and job creation, Holder said.

“The department, along with its federal, state and local partners, is confronting this threat with a strong and coordinated response at home and abroad to ensure American entrepreneurs and businesses continue to develop, innovate and create,” the attorney general said.

Holder joined Vice President Joe Biden, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Department of Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, and Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel at the White House yesterday to announce the strategic plan.

DOJ will be assisting in three components of the plan. The first step involves ensuring efficiency and coordination of  enforcement efforts across federal, sate and local levels, domestically and overseas. The second step include combating foreign-based websites and other entities violating U.S. intellectual property rights. Lastly, the DOJ will work to stop illegal products from coming into the country by ensuring law enforcement has authorities that it needs, by encouraging voluntary cooperation by the private sector to reduce infringement occurring in the physical and the online world, and by  investigating and prosecuting criminal activity.

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