Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $214,971)
This program is authorized by the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 (Pub. L. 112-55) 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 Theft 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 Virginia State Police will utilize the FY 2012 Intellectual Property Theft Enforcement Program award to support the project entitled 'Detection and Prevention of Intellectual Property Crimes with a Nexus to Terrorist Organizations and Organized Crime Throughout Virginia.' The purpose for this project is to implement an intellectual property crimes initiative that would properly identify and charge subjects in relation to trademark and service mark infringement, counterfeit merchandise sales, money laundering, structuring, and other related laws.
Project strategies include: (1) providing overtime funding for special agents to ensure resources are available to collect sufficient and credible evidence for prosecution; (2) providing adequate training for the special agents to increase their knowledge and abilities; and (3) providing appropriate surveillance equipment to assist law enforcement in collecting evidence. The Virginia State Police has been and will continue to coordinate this project with federal agencies, the Commonwealth's attorneys, U.S. Attorneys, and local governments, as necessary to ensure the success of this project. CA/NCF