Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $200,000)
This program is authorized by the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (Intellectual Property Enforcement) (Pub. L. No. 113-6, 127 Stat. 198, 253) 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 city of Houston - Houston Police Department (HPD) will continue enforcing criminal intellectual property laws in the Houston area. HPD will work in partnership with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and industry representatives to arrest and prosecute individuals, and disrupt or dismantle organized criminal enterprises that violate intellectual property laws. Funds will be used to fund overtime for investigation of intellectual property crimes.
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