Loretta Lynch: DOJ Grant Initiative Seeks to Address Intellectual Property Theft

Loretta Lynch
Loretta Lynch

The Justice Department will unveil a new strategy that seeks to facilitate collaboration between FBI and industry in an effort to address crimes related to intellectual property.

The FBI will work with third-party marketplaces to prevent the production, advertising and marketing of fake products on websites through the use of analytical systems and processes, DOJ said Friday.

The bureau will conduct investigations on infringement crimes in partnership with the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center.

“The digital age has revolutionized how we share information, store data, make purchases and develop products, requiring law enforcement to strengthen our defenses against cyber crime – one of my top priorities as attorney general,” said Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch.

DOJ will also award $3.2 million in grants to 10 state and local police departments and other law enforcement agencies to help support task forces that will work to prevent and prosecute organizations and individuals involved in intellectual property theft.

The following are the recipients and their respective monetary awards:

  • Baltimore County Police Department – $120,174
  • City of Austin Police Department – $400,000
  • City of Hartford Police Department – $399,545
  • City of Phoenix Police Department – $253,129
  • City of Portland Police Department – $373,569
  • City of San Antonio Police Department – $400,000
  • Cook County State Attorney’s Office – $400,000
  • New Jersey State Police – $269,619
  • North Carolina Department of Secretary of State – $367,076
  • Virginia State Police – $253,128

DOJ will award the grants through the Office of Justice Program’s Intellectual Property Enforcement Program.

DOJ also has introduced a new website —  http://www.justice.gov/iptf — to inform businesses and the public about intellectual property theft and other infringement offenses.

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