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 36 state and local law enforcement agencies with 12 currently open/active awards to sites. The latest available performance metrics documents that IPEP grantees have:
- Arrested 4,822 individuals for violation of IP laws
- Served 1,050 state and local IP search warrants
- Disrupted or dismantled 2,472 piracy/counterfeiting organizations
- Seized $367,210,620 in counterfeit property, other property, and currency in conjunction with IP enforcement operations
For more information about grants, visit the Bureau of Justice Assistance.