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Counterfeit Abatement Prosecution Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $200,000)

This program is authorized by the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2011 (Pub. L. 1121-1017, div. B, secs. 1101-1104) and Pub. L. No. 111-117, 123 Stat. 3034, 3134, and informed by section 401 of Public Law 110-403, which authorizes the Department to provide funding to support state and local intellectual property enforcement efforts. The Intellectual Property Crime Enforcement Program is designed to provide national support and improve the capacity of state, local, and tribal criminal justice systems to address intellectual property criminal enforcement, including prosecution, prevention, training, and technical assistance. This program is generally informed by section 401 of Public law 110-403, which authorizes the Department to provide funding to support state and local intellectual property crime enforcement efforts.

The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office will establish the Counterfeit Abatement Prosecution Program (CAPP) to address physical locations where chronic counterfeiting activities occur with ties to organized crime. The goal of this project is to reduce the public safety, health, and economic impacts related to counterfeiting through increased filing of counterfeit nuisance abatement and unfair competition lawsuits as part of coordinated intellectual enforcement strategies involving the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff, and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The CAPP will work with Fox Valley Technical College to accomplish the following tasks: (1) provide education on abatements as effective intellectual property enforcement tools; and (2) increase public awareness to prevent, deter, and identify criminal violations of intellectual property laws. In addition, the CAPP will strengthen existing local intellectual property task force efforts through heightened coordination and collaboration related to abatements and utilize the RISSsafe deconfliction system to maximize efficiencies.


Date Created: August 14, 2011