The purpose of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Program (IPEP) grant program is to provide national support and improve the capacity of state and local criminal justice systems to address criminal IP enforcement; including prosecution, prevention, training, and technical assistance. Under the program, grant recipients establish and maintain effective collaboration and coordination between state and local law enforcement, including prosecutors, multi‐jurisdictional task forces, and appropriate federal agencies, including the FBI and United States Attorneys’ Offices. The information shared under the program includes information about the investigation, analysis, and prosecution of matters involving IP offenses as they relate to violations of state and local criminal statutes.
The number of local and state law enforcement task forces supported by the IP Enforcement Program has grown tremendously since its inception, in 2009. The portfolio includes awards issued to agencies is 18 states representing law enforcement, to include prosecutors, in state, county, and local agencies. The following metrics show a cumulative number since the program started:
- Arrested 6,715 individuals for violation of IP laws
- Served 1,947 state and local IP search warrants
- Disrupted or dismantled 4,401 piracy/counterfeiting organizations
- Seized $1,123,126,549 in counterfeit property, other property, and currency in conjunction with IP enforcement operations
For more information about the BJA's IPEP, visit the Bureau of Justice Assistance IPEP page.