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Operation In Our Sites

Operation In Our Sites specifically targets websites and their operators that distribute counterfeit and pirated items over the Internet, including counterfeit pharmaceuticals and pirated movies, television shows, music, software, electronics and other merchandise, as well as products that threaten public health and safety.

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Intellectual Property Right Theft Enforcement Teams

Established in each ICE HSI Special Agent in Charge (SAC) offices across the country, the Intellectual Property Right Theft Enforcement Teams (IPTETs) build on the investigative best practices identified by the IPR Center, its partner agencies and private industry. The IPTETs use an informal task force approach to enhance coordination of IP theft investigations between federal, state and local law enforcement partners in their local area.

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Outreach and Training

The IPR Center’s Outreach & Training Unit engages in partnerships with public and private sectors to combat Intellectual Property (IP) theft through its Operation Joint Venture (Joint Venture) initiative. This IPR Center-led outreach initiative increases information sharing with the public and private sector to combat the illegal importation and distribution of counterfeit, substandard, and tainted goods.

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National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Coordination Center/IPR Investigations

The IPR Center uses the expertise of its member agencies to share information, perform interdictions and conduct investigations related to intellectual property crimes. With the proliferation of counterfeit goods increasing at an alarming rate, the IPR Center focuses on keeping counterfeit products off U.S. streets while dismantling the criminal organizations behind this activity.

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Commercial Fraud Fact Sheet

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), in close cooperation with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), investigates commercial fraud, including false statements and deceptive business practices. ICE HSI’s commercial fraud programs unit, which is led by the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), prioritizes health and safety violations, U.S. economic interests and duty collection.

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Digital and Online IP Theft

Documents related to learning about digital and online IP theft.

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2012 Special 301 Report

The Special 301 Report is an annual review of the state of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement in trading partners around world, which the Office of the United States Trade Representative conducts pursuant to Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended by the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 and the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (enacted in 1994). This report reflects the administration’s resolve to encourage and maintain adequate and effective IPR protection and enforcement worldwide.

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Operation Apothecary Fact Sheet

Operation Apothecary targets unapproved, counterfeit, or adulterated pharmaceuticals. Apothecary was initiated in fiscal year (FY) 2004 under the auspices of Operation Guardian to combat the growing problem of Internet crime. Particular emphasis is placed on the use of the Internet as the primary means of communication and ordering of pharmaceuticals.

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