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Written Statement of Kevin J. O'Connor, Chairman of the Department of Justice Task Force on Intellectual Property, at the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Intellectual Property Enforcement
Date:11/7/2007

enforcement, due in large part to its role as a major U.S. trading partner and its well-developed manufacturing capabilities across a broad range of industries, including, unfortunately, the production of large quantities of pirated and counterfeit goods. The Department is confronting this issue, in part, by trying to build new and stronger international mechanisms to foster cooperation and joint investigations with China.

Experience has shown that much of the trade in fake goods originating in China involves organized crime. Any solution to this massive enforcement problem must begin with greater cooperation and coordination on joint criminal investigations and prosecutions. To that end, in March 2007, the Department's Criminal Division hosted and chaired the inaugural meeting of the Intellectual Property Criminal Enforcement Working Group ("IPCEWG") of the U.S.-China Joint Liaison Group for Law Enforcement Cooperation ("JLG"), which included 15 Chinese law enforcement officials and the Ministry of Public Security's Vice Director General of the Economic Crimes Investigation Department, as well as officials from the FBI and ICE. The IPCEWG met again alongside the annual JLG Plenary meeting in Beijing, China in June 2007.

The working group's principal focus is on the development of more U.S.-China joint operations to combat transnational IP crime, in particular crimes committed by organized criminal groups and crimes that threaten public health and safety.

The Department of Justice's leadership of the IPCEWG is already yielding unprecedented results. On July 23, 2007, 25 Chinese nationals were arrested and more than half a billion dollars worth of counterfeit software was seized as a result of the largest ever joint investigation conducted by the FBI and the People's Republic of China. This operation, codenamed "Operation Summer Solstice," was one of several cases nominated to the IPCEWG for joint investigation and prosecution. China's Ministry
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