DOJ Grants Support Efforts Against Intellectual Property Crimes

Lora Bentley

In case you missed it, the Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs announced last week that it has awarded nearly $2 million in grants to law enforcement organizations across the United States to "improve the capacity of state, local and tribal criminal justice systems addressing criminal intellectual property enforcement."


Acting Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson, who heads the OJP, says:

This funding is important in identifying and stopping criminal activity associated with intellectual property piracy. These criminal activities are a threat to our national well being and insult to those who create and develop products, goods and services for the benefit of the general public.

The Mississippi Attorney General's Office, the City of Los Angeles, Calif., the North Carolina Department of the Secretary of State were among those who received "support to law enforcement" grants, which can be used to reimburse expenses used to educate the public in an effort to deter and prevent such crime or to establish task forces to investigate and prosecute intellectual property crimes, among other things.


The National White Collar Crime Center in Virginia is one of two organizations that received training and technical assistance grants. That money can be used to develop a training curriculum and nationwide training courses.

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