The NIPLECC was established in 1999 to bring together the leaders of the key operational entities within the federal government that are responsible for IP enforcement, providing the infrastructure that supports the Administration’s efforts. The Council includes the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; the Department of Commerce – including the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the International Trade Administration; the Department of Homeland Security, which includes U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; the Department of Justice; and the State Department. The U.S. Copyright Office serves in an advisory capacity.
Highlights of their 2006 report include
- The Commerce Department is expanding its education and capacity building programs through the Global IP Academy located at the USPTO.
- The Commerce Department is continuing to expand its IP attaché program in China and positioning new regional attachés in Brazil, Russia, India, Thailand and the Middle East.
- Since 2001, the Department of Homeland Security has initiated more than 31,000 seizures of counterfeit products with an estimated retail value in excess of $482 million. Seizures of fake and counterfeit goods at America’s borders have doubled since 2001.
- The Department of Homeland Security deployed an online recordation tool for rights holders to record their trademarks and copyrights with CBP. Recordation provides a higher level of protection for trademarks and copyrights and makes it easier for DHS to identify fake goods at our borders.
- The Department of Justice created five new Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) units in the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in Nashville, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, and Washington D.C., bringing the total number of specialized units to 25. DOJ also increased the total number of CHIP prosecutors nationwide to 230. In districts with CHIP units, the number of defendants charged with federal IP crimes climbed from 109 in FY2004 to 180 in FY2005 – a 65% increase. Over the past 5 years, approximately half of all defendants convicted of federal intellectual property crimes in the United States received some amount of jail time.