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How to Report Trade Fraud

You can help DHS interdict, investigate and prosecute trade fraud by reporting any instances of fraud – anonymously if you prefer. DHS pays rewards for original information that leads to seizures, arrests, indictments, and convictions. The more detailed and timely the information you provide, the more likely the enforcement action can be successful.

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IPU Operation Guardian

The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), managed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), is leading the government's response to intellectual property theft (IP theft), a crime that costs American industries lost revenue and jobs every year. Operation Guardian is the IPR Center’s multi-agency umbrella program designed to combat the importation and trafficking of substandard, tainted and counterfeit products that pose a health and safety risk to consumers.

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Operation Joint Venture Fact Sheet

The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center’s (IPR Center) Outreach and Training Section engages in partnerships with the public and private sectors to combat Intellectual Property (IP) theft through its Operation Joint Venture (Joint Venture) initiative. This IPR Center-led outreach initiative is designed to increase information sharing with public and private sectors to combat the illegal importation and distribution of counterfeit, substandard and tainted goods. Joint Venture targets rights holders, manufacturers, importers, customs brokers, freight forwarders, bonded facilities, carriers and others to discuss the IPR Center’s priorities of protecting public health and safety, the economy, and securing the Government’s supply chain. Through outreach and public engagement, the Outreach and Training Section raises the public’s awareness of the dangers of trade based violations, such as IP, while serving as a public point of contact for investigative leads.

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Antidumping Countervailing Duty Fact Sheet

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Commercial Fraud Unit manages HSI’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty (AD/CVD) program, which provides oversight and guidance on HSI investigations involving schemes to evade the payment of duties imposed by the United States Government on certain imports. AD/CVD help level the playing field to assist domestic producers in competing against foreign exporters that are engaged in, or benefiting from, the practice of dumping and/or foreign government subsidies.

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I'm a Phony Print Ad

Fake designer clothes and products say more than you think. Buying counterfeit products amounts to stealing. The dollars you save come at a cost to others. These products are often cheaply made under sub-standard conditions using trademarks stolen from legitimate companies that pay taxes and fair wages to workers. What kind of fashion statement is that?

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2017 Special 301 Report

The Special 301 Report (Report) is the result of an annual review of the state of IP protection and enforcement in U.S. trading partners around the world, which the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) conducts pursuant to Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended by the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988, the Uruguay Round Agreements Act, and the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (19 U.S.C. § 2242).

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Counterfeit Auto Parts

A Growing Problem. Law enforcement has identified a trend of counterfeited automotive parts growing at an alarming rate. A counterfeit automotive part is one that bears the trademark of a legitimate and trusted brand, but was produced by another party and is usually not made to the specifications of the original equipment manufacturer. These counterfeits are produced illegally and sold at a profit sometimes to support other criminal activities. At best, these parts will not perform as well as authentic parts; at worst, they can fail catastrophically with potentially fatal consequences.

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Counterfeit Drugs Put Lives at Risk Print Ad

When you buy prescription or even over-the-counter drugs online from unknown sources, you could be paying a steep price - your health. Counterfeit medication not made by medical scientists can injure or even kill you. Know where your medication is coming from by purchasing from legitimate sources. Don't buy fake. Buy safe.

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Intellectual Property Rights Violations: A Report on Threats to United States Interests at Home and Abroad

The continuing development and protection of intellectual property (IP) is of critical importance to the United States. As President Barack Obama has noted, ―Our single greatest asset is the innovation and the ingenuity and creativity of the American people. It is essential to our prosperity and it will only become more so in this century.‖ Although there is no consensus regarding the current value of United States rights holders‘ IP (United States or American IP), the value is estimated to be in the hundreds of billions to trillions of dollars. Protecting this valuable resource against theft is important not only because of its significant economic value, but because of the threat intellectual property rights (IPR) violations pose to the health and safety of the American public, the integrity of American critical infrastructure, and American national security.

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Operation Joint Venture Fact Sheet

The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center’s (IPR Center) Outreach and Training Section engages in partnerships with the public and private sectors to combat Intellectual Property (IP) theft through its Operation Joint Venture (Joint Venture) initiative. This IPR Center-led outreach initiative is designed to increase information sharing with public and private sectors to combat the illegal importation and distribution of counterfeit, substandard and tainted goods. Joint Venture targets rights holders, manufacturers, importers, customs brokers, freight forwarders, bonded facilities, carriers and others to discuss the IPR Center’s priorities of protecting public health and safety, the economy, and securing the Government’s supply chain. Through outreach and public engagement, the Outreach and Training Section raises the public’s awareness of the dangers of trade based violations, such as IP, while serving as a public point of contact for investigative leads.

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Pirated Movies Cost Jobs Print Ad

Pirated products put jobs at risk.

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Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: Industries in Focus

Innovation — the process through which new ideas are generated and successfully introduced in the marketplace — is a primary driver of U.S. economic growth and national competitiveness. Likewise, U.S. companies’ use of trademarks to distinguish their goods and services from those of competitors represents an additional support for innovation, enabling firms to capture market share, which contributes to growth in our economy. The granting and protection of intellectual property rights is vital to promoting innovation and creativity and is an essential element of our free-enterprise, market-based system.

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Don't Get Burned Print Ad

Dangerous and potentially deadly counterfeit products, from extension cords to cell phones, are purchased every day.

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Drawback Program Fact Sheet

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Trade Enforcement Unit manages the drawback program for all HSI drawback investigations. HSI focuses on importers and any individuals submitting false statements to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to obtain improper drawback refunds.

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Counterfeit Sneakers Print Ad

Some people think buying fake products is a real bargain. Let's face it, the purchase of counterfeit designer sneakers is wrong - and for a good reason. It's stealing. These products are often made under substandard conditions using stolen trademarks from legitimate companies that pay taxes and provide American jobs. Cheaply made counterfeit products can put you at serious risk or injury and fall apart at the seams, literally.

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Counterfeit Drugs Put Lives at Risk Print Ad

Nobody would buy dangerous medicines on purpose. But when you but prescription or even over-the-counter drugs online from unknown sources, you could be risking your health and well-being.

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Commercial Fraud Fact Sheet

The 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. HSI's National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) focuses and prioritizes protecting U.S. economic interests, national security and the health and safety of our nation’s people.

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Force Labor Program Fact Sheet

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Forced Labor Program coordinates investigations into allegations of forced child labor and forced labor relating either to the manufacturing or production of goods overseas that are exported to the United States, or, labor here in the United States that results from coercion, debt bondage/indentured labor, or other non- voluntary means of forcing an individual to provide work or a service.

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Free Trade Agreements Fact Sheet

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Commercial Fraud Unit ) manages HSI’s Free Trade Agreements (FTA) program, which provides oversight and guidance on HSI investigations involving individuals and companies engaging in violations of the rules of FTAs and trade preference programs.

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National IPR Center Fact Sheet

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) stands at the forefront of the United States Government's response to global intellectual property (IP) theft and enforcement of its international trade laws. The mission of the IPR Center is to ensure national security by protecting the public's health and safety, the U.S. economy, and our war fighters, and to stop predatory and unfair trade practices that threaten the global economy. To accomplish this goal, the IPR Center brings together 23 partner agencies, consisting of 19 key federal agencies, INTERPOL, Europol and the governments of Canada and Mexico in a task-force setting. The task force structure enables the IPR Center to effectively leverage the resources, skills, and authorities of each partner and provide a comprehensive response to IP theft. The IPR Center is led by an ICE-HSI Director with Deputy Directors from HSI, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

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General Fraud Program Fact Sheet

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Trade Enforcement Unit manages the general fraud program for all HSI general fraud investigations. HSI conducts general fraud investigations focusing on violations of laws or regulations pertaining to the importation of merchandise by means of false or fraudulent documents, statements, and/or practices.

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Environmental Crimes Program Fact Sheet

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Commercial Fraud Unit (CFU) manages the environmental crimes program. This program involves investigations of the importation and exportation of endangered and non-native detrimental species; unapproved or non-compliant automobiles, machinery and other equipment; environmentally hazardous materials and chemicals; and prohibited and contaminated animal or vegetable food products and seafood fraud.

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IPU E-Commerce

In 2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), as the lead agency of the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), initiated its E- Commerce Initiative to combat the growing issue of the sale and distribution of counterfeit and dangerous goods on the internet through online sales platforms, illicit websites, social media and the Dark Web. This initiative includes Business-to-Business (B2B), Business-to-Consumer (B2C), and Consumer-to-Consumer (C2C) platforms.

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IPU IPRIS Fact Sheet

The IPR Intelligence Section (IPRIS) coordinates directly with the 23 agency partners of the IPR Center to compile information and strategically share the information in such a way as to create the strongest impact. IPRIS de-conflicts incoming leads from multiple sources, to include partner agencies, industry and the public. IPRIS also provides intelligence support to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations field offices and IPRC program managers in the form of lead production and evaluation to facilitate investigations. In addition, IPRIS works closely with private industry to identify viable targets for both criminal and civil actions.

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IPU Operation Guardian

The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), managed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), is leading the government's response to intellectual property theft (IP theft), a crime that costs American industries lost revenue and jobs every year. Operation Guardian is the IPR Center’s multi-agency umbrella program designed to combat the importation and trafficking of substandard, tainted and counterfeit products that pose a health and safety risk to consumers. Among the IPR Center’s Operations that fall under the umbrella of Operation Guardian are Operation Engine Newity, Operation Apothecary, Operation Plastic Beauty, Operation Chain Reaction, Operation Surge Protector and Operation In Our Sites.

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IPU Operation Team Player

The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) initiated Operation Team Player in June 2013 to target the sale and trafficking of counterfeit sports merchandise, apparel and tickets. Because this is a multi-million dollar criminal industry, the trafficking of these items is extremely lucrative and becomes more profitable in markets involving successful and popular teams. The culmination of a sports season involving playoffs and championship games are events that stimulate the sale of counterfeit items.

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IPU Operation Surge Protector

The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) initiated Operation Surge Protector in December 2016 to target the sale and trafficking of counterfeit consumer electronics and technology products. From personal electronics such as headphones to smartphones and related accessories like power adapters and charging cords and devices, consumers are unknowingly at increasing risk of bringing home dangerous devices which pose health and safety risks to the public.

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Operation Pangea Fact Sheet

Operation Pangea was organized to target the advertisement, sale and supply of counterfeit and illicit medicines and medical devices that threaten worldwide public health and safety.

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National IPR Center Fact Sheet

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) stands at the forefront of the United States Government's response to global intellectual property (IP) theft and enforcement of its international trade laws. The mission of the IPR Center is to ensure national security by protecting the public's health and safety, the U.S. economy, and our war fighters, and to stop predatory and unfair trade practices that threaten the global economy. To accomplish this goal, the IPR Center brings together 23 partner agencies, consisting of 19 key federal agencies, INTERPOL, Europol and the governments of Canada and Mexico in a task-force setting. The task force structure enables the IPR Center to effectively leverage the resources, skills, and authorities of each partner and provide a comprehensive response to IP theft. The IPR Center is led by an ICE-HSI Director with Deputy Directors from HSI, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

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IPU Operation Engine Newity

The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), manages Operation Engine Newity, in conjunction with Immigratin and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other law enforcement agencies who collaborate to counter the threat of counterfeit automotive, aerospace, rail, and heavy industry related components that are illegally imported and distributed throughout the United States.

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IPU Operation Chain Reaction

The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) is leading the government’s response to intellectual property theft (IP theft), a crime that costs American industries lost revenue and jobs every year. Operation Chain Reaction (OCR) is a comprehensive initiative that targets counterfeit goods entering the supply chains of the Department of Defense (DOD) and other U.S. Government agencies.

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Tobacco Smuggling Fact Sheet

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Commercial Fraud Unit manages the tobacco smuggling program. HSI’s illicit tobacco program coordinates case development, develops leads and assists investigations and interdictions of tobacco smuggling. The program monitors, coordinates, and provides guidance to HSI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Attorneys’ offices, foreign, state, and local law enforcement agencies on international smuggling matters. The program also provides training and reference material to investigators and HSI works with CBP; Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); Food and Drug Administration (FDA); and Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), as well as private industry, to address legal and policy issues related to tobacco smuggling.

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IPU Operation Apothecary

The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) is leading the government’s response to intellectual property theft, a crime that leads to lost revenue for American industry, a loss of American jobs, and often poses a threat to public health and safety. Operation Apothecary (Apothecary) is an IPR Center initiative targeting the smuggling or illegal importation of unapproved, counterfeit, or adulterated pharmaceuticals entering the United States via international mail facilities (IMFs), express courier hubs (ECHs), and land borders.

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In-Bond Diversion Program

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Trade Enforcement Unit manages the in-bond diversion program for all HSI in-bond investigations. HSI conducts in-bond investigations to prosecute individuals and corporations responsible for the illegal entry of merchandise into the commerce of the United States through the exploitation of the in-bond process. HSI in-bond diversion investigations and programs also target violations related to foreign trade zones and bonded warehouses.

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Textile Program Fact Sheet

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Trade Enforcement Unit manages the textile program. The textile program focuses on investigations of criminal and civil violations of customs laws relating to textiles importations. The violations are executed through a variety of fraudulent schemes and practices including false invoicing, false claims of country of origin, false markings/labeling, misclassification, false description, and smuggling.

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IPU Operation Plastic Beauty

The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) is leading the government’s response to intellectual property theft, a crime that leads to lost revenue for American industry, a loss of American jobs, and often poses a threat to public health and safety. Operation Plastic Beauty (Plastic Beauty) is an IPR Center initiative targeting the smuggling or illegal importation of unapproved, counterfeit, or adulterated personal healthcare and beauty products entering the United States via international mail facilities, express courier hubs, and land borders.

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Trade Enforcement Coordination Centers Fact Sheet

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) formed the Trade Enforcement Coordination Centers (TECC) to integrate and co-locate commercial fraud enforcement efforts. The TECC was established to disrupt criminal organizations engaged in commercial fraud by enhancing coordination, increasing direct communication, and unifying efforts to identify and combat trade fraud and intellectual property crime. Through the TECC model, CBP and ICE HSI proactively identify, interdict, and investigate inbound cargo that violates U.S. Customs laws and related laws and regulations. The TECCs promote interagency collaboration, information and resource sharing, and efficient communication to enhance the trade enforcement mission of the member agencies.

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Wildlife Trafficking Fact Sheet

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Commercial Fraud Unit overseas the wildlife trafficking program for the agency.

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Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement

How businesses can partner with CBP to protect their rights.

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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Intellectual Property (IP) Fact Sheet

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) enforces Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), most visibly by seizing products that infringe IPR such as trade- marks, copyrights, and patents.

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FBI Intellectual Property (IP) Protection Sheet

Domestic and foreign companies may try to illegally acquire your company's information. Foreign nations that seek to improve their economies and militaries target US technology companies.

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How to Report Trade Fraud

You can help DHS interdict, investigate and prosecute trade fraud by reporting any instances of fraud – anonymously if you prefer. DHS pays rewards for original information that leads to seizures, arrests, indictments, and convictions. The more detailed and timely the information you provide, the more likely the enforcement action can be successful.

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ICE HSI E-Commerce Strategic Plan

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), through its leadership role at the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), has developed this strategic plan in recognition of the exponential growth of internet and global online marketplaces to conduct many different types of business and consumer transactions over the past decade.

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Reporting Allegations of Intellectual Property Theft Brochure (ARABIC)

Reporting IPR Theft bi-fold brochure (Arabic translation)

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Reporting Allegations of Intellectual Property Theft Brochure (CHINESE)

Reporting IPR Theft bi-fold brochure (Chinese translation)

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Reporting Allegations of Intellectual Property Theft Brochure (FRENCH)

Reporting IPR Theft bi-fold brochure (French translation)

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Reporting Allegations of Intellectual Property Theft Brochure (SPANISH)

Reporting IPR Theft bi-fold brochure (Spanish translation)

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Reporting Allegations of Intellectual Property Theft Brochure (RUSSIAN)

Reporting IPR Theft bi-fold brochure (Russian translation)

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Top Ten Ways to Protect Yourself from Counterfeiting and Piracy

Counterfeiting and piracy cost the U.S. economy between $200 billion to $250 billion per year, a total of 750,000 American jobs, and pose a threat to health and safety.

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01/2018 - IPRC Connections

Monthly Newsletter for the Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center

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11/2017 - IPRC Connections

Monthly Newsletter for the Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center

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12/2017 - IPRC Connections

Monthly Newsletter for the Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center

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10/2017 - IPRC Connections

Monthly Newsletter for the Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center

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Acquisition Professional Training

The purpose of this training is to provide acquisition professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to combat the counterfeit threat in the workplace.

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Trade Fraud Tip Sheet

How Private Industry Can Avoid Falling Victim to Trade Violations

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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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National Association of Theater Owners Ad Poster

Click on the image or link below to view and/or download a copy of the National Association of Theater Owners Ad Poster.

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Report IP Theft - Referral

This document is for reporting violations of intellectual property rights, including counterfeiting Report IP Theft and piracy, to the National IPR Coordination Center.

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The 2017 IPR Center Symposium “Solving the E-Commerce Puzzle”

The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center presents: The 2017 IPR Center Symposium “Solving the E-Commerce Puzzle”

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10-Year Anniversary Celebration “Celebrating 10 Years of Achievements”

Please join us as we celebrate the many collaborative initiatives coordinated by the IPR Center over the years with its 23 partner agencies, industry representatives and stakeholders in both the public and private sectors in the fight against counterfeit activity.

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04/2018 - IPRC Connections

Monthly Newsletter for the Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center

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06/2018 - IPRC Connections

Monthly Newsletter for the Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center

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05/2018 - IPRC Connections

Monthly Newsletter for the Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center

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07/2018 - IPRC Connections

Monthly Newsletter for the Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center

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2018 Annual Intellectual Property Report to Congress

During this past year, President Trump and his Administration have worked to promote strong intellectual property rights protection and enforcement, both domestically and abroad. As part of an integrated approach, the Trump Administration views our intellectual property strategy, policy and enforcement efforts, together, as key to helping secure the future of our innovative economy and to maintaining our competitive advantage.

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2017 Intellectual Property Rights Seizure Statistics

The information contained in this report does not constitute the official trade statistics of the United States. The statistics, and the projections based upon those statistics, are not intended to be used for economic analysis, and are provided for the purpose of establishing U.S. Department of Homeland Security workload.

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09/2018 - IPRC Connections

Monthly Newsletter for the Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center

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10/2018 - IPRC Connections

Monthly Newsletter for the Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center

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11/2018 - IPRC Connections

Monthly Newsletter for the Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center

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