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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

of Public Security ("MPS") searched multiple businesses and residential locations, seized more than $7 million in assets, and confiscated over 290,000 counterfeit software CDs and Certificates of Authenticity. Microsoft publicly stated that the MPS and FBI dismantled a criminal syndicate "believed to be the largest of its kind in the world," responsible for distributing more than $2 billion in counterfeit Microsoft software.

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
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