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BJA funds state and local projects that emphasize collaboration and coordination with all relevant enforcement organizations, including prosecutors, multijurisdictional task forces, and appropriate federal agencies (i.e., local Federal Bureau of Investigation departments and U.S. Attorneys' Offices) in the enforcement of IP laws.

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Read News Releases from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Intellectual Property Rights.

The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), supported by BJA, developed a research-based public outreach campaign to educate the public on IP crimes in general, particularly about the health and safety risks that result from IP crime. To learn more about this campaign and NCPC, visit the NCPC website.

Eligible applicants are limited to state, local, tribal (federally-recognized Indian tribal governments as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), and municipal law enforcement agencies, to include law enforcement agencies within institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), and prosecutors.

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BJA offers training and technical assistance on the subject of IP crime through the National Association of Attorneys General and the National White Collar Crime Center. These two organizations have partnered to expand the delivery of joint law enforcement and prosecutor training on IP crime issues and responses. This training is free of charge to criminal justice professionals.

National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) is the training and technical assistance provider for the IPEP grant program. The training and technical assistance for state and local law enforcement focuses on supporting the training needs of the local IP sites and through continued education of the greater law enforcement community on promising IP investigative and prosecutorial practices.

IP Theft Training:

The training is a mix of lecture, discussion and interactive exercises that focus more on investigative skill building which includes:

  • Health and safety issues resulting from counterfeit products
  • Economic ramifications of IP crime
  • Investigative techniques and prosecutorial theories
  • IP crime connection to organized crime, gangs and terrorism
  • Hands-on exercise, “real” examples of counterfeit products, and more

Kristie Brackens
Senior Policy Advisor

Biannual Grantee Feedback Report, April-September 2015: Intellectual Property Enforcement Program (IPEP), BJA-Sponsored, October 2016. This report includes performance data reported by IPEP grant recipients that conducted grant activities through September 2015.

Program Performance Report: Intellectual Property Theft Enforcement Program (IPEP), January-June 2013, BJA-Sponsored, September 2014. This report presents performance information reported by IPEP grant recipients for the January through June reporting periods.

Intellectual Property Theft Enforcement Program (IPEP): Program Performance Report, July-December 2012, NCJ 244912, BJA-Sponsored, 2013. This resource includes performance information reported by recipients of BJA IPEP grants. The data used for this report were submitted by grantees conducting grant activities in July–December 2012.

Intellectual Property Theft Enforcement Program (IPEP): Performance Update, FY 2012 Quarter 3, NCJ 244913, BJA-Sponsored, November 2012. This resource includes performance information reported by the recipients of BJA IPEP grants in fiscal years 2009, 2010, and 2011, and is based on reports of grantee activities conducted between January 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.

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April 26 is World Intellectual Property Day

World Intellectual Property (IP) Day celebrates the invaluable contributions made by innovators and creators across the globe.  BJA supported the development of the IP Theft Public Education Campaign in partnership with the National Crime Prevention Council to raise awareness and understanding of the impact of IP theft on public health, safety, and the economy.  BJA also provides support to state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to increase their capacity to enforce IP laws in coordination with federal and industry partners.



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