About the Center

Safeguarding America's Health and Safety. Protecting U.S. citizens, combatting IP theft.

Predatory and illegal intellectual property trade practices affect every aspect of our lives ranging from the economy to health and safety. The IPR Center is the U.S. government’s frontline response to stop global IP theft and enforce international trade laws. 

The IPR Center strives to share critical information and raise awareness to the dangers of IP theft, fraud, cyber intrusions, and trade violations by coordinating with 25 key federal and international government agencies, as well as private sector partners to combat IP theft around the world. 

Through these partnerships the IPR Center can disrupt illegal activities, investigate bad actors and disseminate necessary information to protect the U.S. 

  • Health & Safety 
    Counterfeit goods are often substandard products that pose health and safety risks to consumers.
  • Economy
    IP theft erodes returns on innovation, causes job losses and deteriorates legitimate tax revenue bases.
  • National Security
    When counterfeit products infiltrate authorized supply chains it directly affects our military’s readiness. 

HSI is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and is responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. As a part of these investigative efforts, HSI leads the IPR Center which provides a global blanket of IP coverage with over 130 attaché offices covering 180 countries, territories and islands; and brings all the regulatory, civil, and criminal authorities under one roof—including the tactics, techniques, and procedures of the partner agencies—to fight counterfeiting and piracy, and to provide education to both agencies and the public about the danger and impact of IP theft.  


James R. Mancuso - Director, National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination CenterDirector, National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center

Director, National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center

James ‘Jim’ Mancuso is currently the Director of the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center. In this position, he manages the federal government’s response to combat global intellectual property theft, protect national security, and ensure public health and safety. As a decorated federal law enforcement agent and civil servant, Mr. Mancuso has served and protected communities around the world for more than 27 years. He is a senior executive service member, spearheading transformational investigative efforts within Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

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Deputy Director, National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center 

Laurie Dempsey is the director of the IPR and e-Commerce Division with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Trade, leading efforts to develop innovative approaches to enforce intellectual property law at ports of entry and to educate and engage stakeholders to deter the importation of illicit goods.  

Ms. Dempsey has over 29 years of international trade experience, including developing trade policy, serving as a subject matter expert for the Automated Commercial Environment, managing quotas and trade agreements, engaging with stakeholders to modernize processes, and training foreign governments on CBP regulations and procedures.  She began her career with U.S. Customs as an import specialist in the Los Angeles seaport. 

Ms. Dempsey is married with two children, and in her spare time she enjoys running, gardening, and fostering dogs.  

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Marcus Joachim

Deputy Director, National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center

Supervisory Special Agent Marcus Joachim is the Unit Chief for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Economic Crimes Unit (ECU) which now includes the Intellectual Property Rights Unit (IPR). Mr. Joachim also serves as the FBI’s Deputy Director at the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, where the FBI’s IPR unit is located. He provides strategic direction and oversight for the FBI’s IPR program which is composed of theft of trade secrets, trademark and copyright infringement, and counterfeit goods impacting health and safety.

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Michael Ball

Michael Ball

Deputy Director, National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center

Michael Ball is the Deputy Director of the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, where he shares in the responsibility for directing the federal government’s response to combat global intellectual property theft, intellectual properties rights violations, and public health and safety concerns. He has also served as the division chief for the intellectual property unit.

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