The Department also led an initiative with members of the G8 industrialized nations to develop a framework for cooperation on intellectual property crime investigations. In November 2006, all members of the G8's Lyon-Roma anti-crime group approved the "Principles and Recommendations for Cooperative Investigation and Prosecution of Serious and Organized Intellectual Property Rights Crime," which set forth a foundation for future cooperation on criminal IP enforcement among the G8 members. In June 2007, the G8 Leaders endorsed the Principles and Recommendations at their annual Summit in Munich, Germany.
-- The Department's Civil Enforcement Efforts
The Department's Civil Division has supported the enforcement of IP
rights by owners of those rights principally through participation in
private law suits as amicus. Since October 2004, the Department has filed
18 amicus briefs in 14 Supreme Court cases, and numerous other cases in the
lower courts. Recently, in three important patent cases -- Microsoft v.
AT&T Corp, KSR International v. Teleflex, and MedImmune v. Genentech -- the
Supreme Court adopted the arguments of the Department recognizing the
important balance between intellectual property rights and the overarching
aim of spurring innovation. In addition, the Civil Division's Office of
Consumer Litigation ("OCL") handles criminal and civil cases involving
intellectual property laws that protect public health and safety,
particularly in the regulation of drugs by the Food and Drug
Administration. To maintain the high quality
|SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice|
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