National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Coordination Center

Protection is Our Trademark -The IPR Center manages and supports the ICE commercial fraud program. Successful cases have produced significant seizures, civil penalties and criminal prosecutions.

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    Washington, D.C. - The United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced today that Kuwait is being moved from the Special 301 Report Watch List to the Priority Watch List.  The Special 301 Report identifies trading partners that do not adequately and effectively protect intellectual property rights. 
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    These new partners greatly strengthen the IPR Center, which was founded in 2000, and serves as one of the U.S. government's key weapons in the fight against criminal counterfeiting and piracy. The center uses the expertise of its 22 member agencies to share information, develop initiatives, coordinate enforcement actions, and conduct investigations related to IP theft.
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    Officials are warning consumers not to buy contact lenses from such places as Halloween or novelty shops, salons, beauty supply stores, or online if the site doesn’t require a prescription. Although many places illegally sell decorative contact lenses to consumers without valid prescriptions for as little as $20, these vendors are not authorized distributors of contact lenses, which by law...
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    Didier De Nier, 64, who lived in Simi Valley until he fled the U.S. nearly two years ago, was found guilty in April by a federal jury of five counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.
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    Washington, DC – In the 2014 Special 301 Report published in April, USTR called for renewed and intensive engagement on intellectual property (IP) issues with the Government of India, announcing that the United States would “redouble our efforts to seek constructive engagement that will both improve IP protection and enforcement in India and support India’s efforts to achieve a ‘decade of innovation’ and advance its legitimate public policy goals, including access to ...
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    Nick Chen, 46, was charged in a 4-count sealed indictment returned Oct. 8, which was unsealed Oct. 10 as he made his initial appearance before US Magistrate Judge Mary Milloy.
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    Top U.S. trade official underscores how President Obama’s trade agenda will unlock economic opportunity for Texans at events with Members of Congress and local businesses that are supporting additional jobs by exporting San Antonio, TX – U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, the lead United States trade official, spotlighted Texas’ all-time high exports and discussed how the Obama Administration’s unprecedented trade agenda will build on that record by further unlocking economic opportunity for ...
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    According to the indictment, the defendants conspired to smuggle at least 30 known shipments, totaling about 100,000 pills, from China to Texas. As alleged in the indictment, the shipments contained bogus imitations of Xanax, Valium, sibutramine, Cialis, Viagra and Stilnox (which is marketed in the United States as Ambien). None of the pills seized and tested were legitimate; all either contained...
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    Monday, October 6 Ambassador Froman will hold a press conference on the U.S. trade agenda with Representative Henry Cuellar (TX-28) at the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.San Antonio, TexasOpen PressFor press inquiries, please contact Andrew Bates at ABates@ustr.eop.govTo RSVP, please contact Becky Bridges Dinnin at bdinnin@sachamber.org  
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    President’s lead trade adviser tours job-creating advanced manufacturing company, highlights manufacturing and exporting benefits that President Obama’s trade agenda will deliver for Maryland in discussions with workers and students 
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    These counterfeit parts usually bear the trademark of a legitimate and trusted brand, but they were produced by another party and are not made to the specifications of the original equipment manufacturer. They're often produced illegally and sold at a profit to fund other criminal activities.
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    Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that the United States and Brazil have reached agreement to settle the longstanding Cotton dispute in the World Trade Organization (WTO).  Under the terms of the agreement, Brazil will terminate the Cotton case, giving up its rights to countermeasures against U.S.
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    Abdul Masood Qayumi, 25, of Surrey, B.C., and his brother Abdul Masih Qayumi, 26, marketed and sold more than $33,000 worth of counterfeit Honda, BMW and Toyota airbags on eBay for about one year, according to court records. HSI special agents began their investigation after American Honda Motor Corporation alerted investigators of the brothers' online sales scheme.
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    The three-day event gave attendees the opportunity to learn about and discuss operational best practices to combat transnational organized intellectual property (IP) crime through plenary sessions, operational workshops, interactive round tables and specialized IP crime learning sessions.
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    Monday, September 29 Ambassador Froman will meet with Magali Silva, Peruvian Minister for Foreign Trade and Tourism.Washington, D.C.Closed Press  Ambassador Froman will meet with Andrew Robb, Australian Minister for Trade.Washington, D.C.Closed Press   Tuesday, September 30
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    Joint Statement of the Labor Subcommittee of the United States – Morocco Free Trade Agreement  Rabat, MoroccoSeptember 26, 2014
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    Washington, D.C. - Ambassador Froman, Minister Amari and their teams met on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the outstanding issues in our bilateral TPP negotiations, focusing on agriculture and autos.  While there were constructive working level discussions over the weekend, we were unable to make further progress on the key outstanding issues.
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    Sunday, September 21 September 21-25, Ambassador Punke will lead the 8th round of negotiations for the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA).Geneva, SwitzerlandClosed Press Monday, September 22
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    U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman says CAFTA-DR partner has taken important steps under enforcement plan; but more progress required to meet legal obligations
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    Washington, D.C. – U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman today welcomed the United States Senate’s vote confirming Robert W. Holleyman II as Deputy United States Trade Representative. Holleyman was nominated in February by President Obama to help spearhead efforts on a range of important trade issues initially including services trade, intellectual property rights and issues impacting the United States’ relationship with countries in South and Central Asia as well as China. 

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To report violations of intellectual property rights, including counterfeiting Report IP Theft and piracy, to the National IPR Coordination Center, click here..

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