Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $194,115)
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 Bronx District Attorney's Office prosecutes more than one hundred intellectual property crimes per year. The goals of the proposed project are to increase the capability of the Bronx District Attorney's Office to investigate intellectual property crime, and to enhance the effectiveness of the prosecution of intellectual property crime. The following four objectives/strategies are proposed: 1) enforce intellectual property laws; 2) increase the knowledge of intellectual property crimes through training; 3) build and maintain a database to track offenders and seized counterfeit merchandise; and 4) conduct community outreach and increase knowledge about criminal violations of intellectual property law. The Bronx District Attorney's Office will maintain collaboration and coordination among state, federal, and local law enforcement. Information will be shared among relevant agencies so cases can be identified and prosecuted as effectively as possible in the appropriate venue.