Public and private sector partnerships are an integral and vital part of the IPR Center’s dedication to keeping our communities safe. Through collaboration, these partnerships bring together the top experts in specific industries and create united forces against IP theft—from counterfeit merchandise such as medical supplies and mechanical parts, to the illegal importation of wildlife and the use of forced labor to create counterfeit goods. A harmless bargain may support dangerous criminal activities and put the buyer’s health and safety at risk.
By working on initiatives with partners, through operations and collaborations, the IPR Center strives to stop criminal activities while raising the public’s awareness about the dangerous and detrimental effects of participating in seemingly innocent counterfeit purchases.
The IPR Center partners with a variety of industries, all of whom share the goal of protecting intellectual property rights. Experience tells us that public and private sector partnerships play a vital role in stopping IP theft, and our partners bring unique skills and insights that expand the IPR Center’s resources.
If your organization is interested in exploring a partnership with the IPR Center, please contact us at: IPRcenter@dhs.gov
“Amazon welcomes the IPR Center’s partnership in holding counterfeiters and bad actors accountable, and we look forward to building on our long-standing relationship to protect customers and ensure a trusted shopping experience.”
Dharmesh Mehta, Amazon vice president, customer trust and partner support.
“We appreciate this collaboration and will continue to partner with law enforcement and health care officials worldwide to combat the dangers posed by criminals trafficking in illicit medicines.”
David Resch, vice president and chief security officer, Merck & Co., Inc.
“We applaud the IPR Center’s efforts to address harmful and misleading offers for counterfeit and substandard medicines or from fraudulent scams that put patient’s and first responder’s health and safety at risk.”
Albert Bourla, CEO and chairman, Pfizer Inc.
“At 3M, we are partnering with the IPR Center, national and international law enforcement, tech companies and online retailers to prevent fraud before it starts and stop it where it is happening.”
Mike Roman, 3M chairman and chief executive officer.
“Citi is committed to protecting our clients and the financial system from illicit activity and we are appreciative of this collaborative effort organized by the IPR Center and determined to continue to do our part.”
Michael Corbat, Citi’s CEO
“Consumer health and safety is Alibaba’s top priority. We are proud to be part of this important collaboration and value our long-standing partnership with the Department of Homeland Security.”
Michael Evans, president of Alibaba Group
Private Sector Partners
Launched in 2021, IP Protect is a free outreach program that educates startups, as well as small- and medium-size enterprises about IP-related crimes, fraud and cyber-intrusion.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy. As communities stir back to life, small business owners are rightly focused on the renewed hope of growth. Offering support to these enterprises to protect their hard-earned intellectual property is not only the right thing to do, but also how we will collectively fuel economic development. We commend the National IPR Center for launching the IP Protect Program.” said David Hirschmann, President and CEO, Global Innovation Policy Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Amazon’s Counterfeit Crimes Unit
Amazon’s Counterfeit Crimes Unit, which supports law enforcement investigations and initiates civil litigation against counterfeiters, and the IPR Center work together to secure the global supply chain and stop counterfeit goods from entering the U.S. Doing so protects the health and safety of American consumers.
“Amazon conducts investigations and sidelines inventory if we suspect a product may be counterfeit, ensuring our customers are protected,” said Dharmesh Mehta, vice president, Customer Trust and Partner Support, Amazon. “But we also know that counterfeiters don’t just attempt to offer their wares in one store, they attempt to offer them in multiple places. Now, by combining intelligence from Amazon, the IPR Center and other agencies, we’re able to stop counterfeits at the border, regardless of where bad actors were intending to offer them. We appreciate the partnership from the IPR Center and other agencies to protect American consumers and prosecute bad actors.”
While Amazon already sidelines suspicious inventory that reaches its warehouses, by partnering with IPR Center and other agencies under Operation Fulfilled Action, counterfeit products can be stopped from entering the U.S. and criminal participants can be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Learn more here.
The Motion Picture Association (MPA)
The Motion Picture Association (MPA) and the IPR Center have partnered to combat digital piracy and illegal online streaming. This partnership assists law enforcement with investigations involving duplicating, copying or sharing digital works without legal permission from copyright holders. This agreement also includes a PSA campaign to educate consumers about the dangers and economic impact of piracy.
Charles Rivkin, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association said, “The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center stands at the forefront of protecting America’s creative community, and as Secretary Mayorkas (Department of Homeland Security secretary) works to protect American communities, it will play a pivotal role in combatting online piracy and copyright enforcement. Digital video piracy threatens creativity and innovation as it eliminates at least 230,000 American jobs and siphons more than $29.2 billion a year from the creative community. We stand ready to partner with Secretary Mayorkas to safeguard creators, including by forging voluntary public- and private-sector partnerships to curb piracy.”
Grace Farms Foundation
Grace Farms Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on ending modern slavery and violence, and Liberty Shared, a global counter-trafficking nongovernmental organization, have partnered with the IPR Center to advance their shared missions of eliminating wildlife and natural resources trafficking around the world.
The collaboration with Grace Farms Foundation’s Justice Initiative allows experts to work with law enforcement and foster relationships to improve criminal investigations into wildlife crime and strengthen networks that can lead to the successful prosecution of perpetrators.
The partnership with Liberty Shared focuses on preventing wildlife trafficking through legal advocacy, technological interventions and strategic collaborations with nongovernmental organizations, corporations and financial institutions.
“Building strategic public-private partnerships is the most promising model for disrupting illicit wildlife trade,” said Rod Khattabi, director of Global Justice Initiative Trainings & risk officer at Grace Farms. “In partnering with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the HSI-led IPR Center, we can achieve great results in combating global wildlife crimes and their impact that stems from these crimes.” Read more.
Air Force Office of Special Investigations
The Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) was founded in 1948 and investigates a wide variety of serious offenses that undermine the mission of the Department of the Air Force or the Department of Defense. The IPR Center partnership aims to stop inferior counterfeit parts from entering the Air Force supply chain, putting Air Force assets and personnel at risk. (https://www.osi.af.mil/)
City of London Police (CoLP)
The City of London Police (CoLP) is the United Kingdom’s national authority for combating intellectual property fraud. In 2018, the CoLP and IPR Center pledged to work together to tackle the illegal importation and distribution of counterfeit goods that threaten the health and safety of consumers, wreak havoc on local and national economies, and fund criminal organizations involved in illicit activities. (https://www.cityoflondon.police.uk/)
Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS)
The Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) investigates and prevents fraud, waste and abuse in Department of Defense programs and operations, including the illegal transfer of technology, companies involved in supplying counterfeit parts and cyber crimes and computer intrusions. (https://www.dodig.mil/)
Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
As the nation’s combat logistics support agency, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) manages the global supply chain – from raw materials to disposal – for military branches, federal agencies and combined and allied forces and works to identify and stop the procurement of non-standard and counterfeit items. (https://www.dla.mil/)
Office of Intellectual Property Rights (OIPR)
The Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration houses the Office of Intellectual Property Rights (OIPR). This office helps U.S. rights holders protect their intellectual property in foreign markets by promoting trade and investment and ensuring fair trade and compliance with trade laws and agreements. (https://www.trade.gov/)
European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol)
The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) is the law enforcement agency of the European Union (EU) that supports its member states by preventing and combatting all forms of serious international and organized crime including counterfeiting and cybercrime. (https://www.europol.europa.eu/)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) works in collaboration with agencies and third-party partners to stop intellectual property theft from causing damage and posing risks to legitimate businesses and individuals by sharing investigative information and criminal trends. (https://www.fbi.gov)
Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is an independent federal agency responsible for protecting the public from unfair and deceptive practices, and fostering fair, efficient, and reliable U.S. international ocean transportation system. (https://www.fmc.gov/)
Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI)
The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) is dedicated to protecting the health and welfare of the public by investigating criminal allegations involving FDA-regulated products such as food, drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, biologics and veterinary medicines. (http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/CriminalInvestigations/default.htm)
Office of the Inspector General
General Services Administration’s (GSA) Office of the Inspector General is an independent unit responsible for detecting and preventing fraud, waste and mismanagement in GSA programs and operations through independent audits and investigations. (https://www.gsaig.gov )
With 194 member countries, Interpol supports national efforts to combat crime in three global areas, one of which is cybercrime. Interpol’s specialized cybercrime agents coordinate with U.S. law enforcement by providing investigative support in forensics, analysis and assistance in locating fugitives around the world, as well as field operations, training and networking. (INTERPOL | The International Criminal Police Organization)
The Mexican Revenue Service, El Servicio de Administracion Tributaria (SAT)
The Mexican Revenue Service, El Servicio de Administracion Tributaria (SAT), combats transnational IP crimes by coordinating with associations, partners, organizations, chambers of commerce and intellectual property right owners. (http://www.sat.gob.mx )
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of the Inspector General
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of the Inspector General identifies and investigates allegations of crime, cybercrime, fraud, waste, abuse and misconduct impacting NASA programs, projects, operations and resources, including counterfeit and substandard materials or other unauthorized products that are introduced into the agency’s programs and operations. (https://oig.nasa.gov/)
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) proactively works with other companies, federal agencies, international organizations, industry trade associations (nuclear & industrial) and academia to stay abreast of emerging counterfeit, fraudulent and suspect item trends. It ensures that only agency-regulated equipment, components, systems and structures enter the NRC supply chain. (https://www.nrc.gov/)
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is committed to countering cybercrimes, including those involving fraud, identity theft, intellectual property infringements, money laundering, drug trafficking, human trafficking, organized crime or terrorist activities, child sexual exploitation or cyber bullying. (https://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/)
U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command
The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command’s highly-trained special agents and support personnel protect the Army through the use of forensics and criminal intelligence collection and analysis. (https://www.cid.army.mil/).
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) protects the public from products that pose a risk of injury, death or property damage including fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazards, as well as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals that can injure children. (https://www.cpsc.gov/)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) coordinates closely with the Department of Homeland Security and the IPR Center to stop intellectual property theft at the border by reviewing and releasing legitimate cargo without delay and intercepting infringing goods and deterring violators. (https://www.cbp.gov )
U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Intellectual Property Enforcement (IPE)
The U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Intellectual Property Enforcement (IPE) advocates for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights around the world by working closely with U.S. ambassadors and diplomats to ensure that American rights holders are honored overseas, to deter access to counterfeit and pirated goods that can harm consumers, to promote IP protection and enforcement as vital for economic development and to highlight the integral role that IPR protection plays in supporting global innovation and economic growth. (https://www.state.gov/intellectual-property-enforcement/)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG)
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) performs independent inspections, audits, evaluations and investigations to detect and prevent waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement at the VA. This includes combatting the proliferation of counterfeit goods into federal government supply chains, which could harm the safety and wellbeing of America’s veterans. (https://www.va.gov/oig/)
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is the largest investigative arm of DHS with special agents dedicated to investigating intellectual property violations and enforcing intellectual property-related laws. Agency and private industry partnerships help HSI protect the public by combatting the sale of counterfeit products, wildlife smuggling and human trafficking. (Homeland Security Investigations | ICE)
U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)
The U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) cybercrime partnership initiative coordinates with law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the U.S. and abroad to protect intellectual property rights and investigate and deter violations and counterfeit products from entering the U.S. government supply chain, especially when the Department of the Navy is the end user. (https://www.ncis.navy.mil)
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s enforcement team is at the cutting edge of the nation’s technological progress and achievement, which makes them vital advisors to top government officials regarding strengthening national and global intellectual property policy and enforcement. This encourages and protects U.S. ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. (https://www.uspto.gov)
U.S. Postal Inspection Service
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is the law enforcement, crime prevention and security arm of the U.S. Postal Service and enforces over 200 federal statutes related to crimes that involve the postal system, its employees and its customers, including child exploitation, mail fraud, identity theft, illegal narcotics, explosive materials, illegal chemical substances, cybercrime and money laundering. (https://www.uspis.gov)
U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General (OIG)
The U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General (OIG) ensures the efficiency, accountability, and integrity in the U.S. Postal Service by auditing postal programs and operations for efficiency and cost-effectiveness, and investigating to prevent and detect fraud, waste and misconduct and deter postal crimes. (https://www.uspsoig.gov)