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Los Angeles Intellectual Property Enforcement Project

Award Information

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Awardee County
Los Angeles County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $199,995)

This program is funded under both the Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program (Byrne Competitive Program) and the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. Authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), the Byrne Competitive Program helps local communities improve the capacity of state and local justice systems and provides for national support efforts including training and technical assistance programs strategically targeted to address local needs. The JAG Program (42 U.S.C. 3751(a)) is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions, and JAG funds support all components of the criminal justice system. The JAG Program authorization also states that 'the Attorney General may reserve not more than 5 percent, to be granted to 1 or more States or units of local government, for 1 or more of the purposes specified in section 3751 of this title, pursuant to his determination that the same is necessary'(1) to combat, address, or otherwise respond to precipitous or extraordinary increases in crime, or in a type or types of crime' (42 U.S.C. 3756).

The Intellectual Property Enforcement, Training, and Technical Assistance Program is designed to provide national support and improve the capacity of state and local criminal justice systems to address intellectual property criminal enforcement, including prosecution, prevention, training, and technical assistance.

The city of Los Angeles will fund their Anti-Piracy Task Force at the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). LAPD will create a subcommittee of this task force named the Community and Police Intellectual Property Subcommittee (CPIPS). CPIPS, under the leadership of the LAPD will be a formation of neighboring law enforcement agencies, non-law enforcement partners, such as the Motion Picture Association of America, Recording Industry Association of America, the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, intellectual property brand owners, local businesses and community members. LAPD will enhance and improve communication and coordination among law enforcement, community, businesses, and prosecutors in successfully identifying and prosecuting counterfeiting and piracy perpetrators. They will combat piracy and reduce the availability of counterfeit goods in the Los Angeles metropolitan area by creating a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary subcommittee, increasing undercover operations, increasing the buy/bust operations with members of the task force and officers from LAPD's Area vice units and strengthening implementation of Los Angeles Municipal Code (Ordinance No. 180724) counterfeit goods nuisance abatement laws with additional resources.


Date Created: August 26, 2009