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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

ual Property, we have significantly increased our domestic enforcement efforts with special emphasis on organized criminal operations and counterfeiting crimes that threaten the health and safety of Americans. Recognizing that an increasing number of IP crimes are global in nature, the Department is diligently reaching out to foreign law enforcement both to train them in spotting intellectual property crime and to seek their involvement and assistance in joint operations. And finally, in the legislative package that the Attorney General transmitted to Congress on May 14, 2007, the Department is seeking additional tools to help prosecute and deter intellectual property thieves.

My remarks today are intended to describe in more detail the Department's role in the coordinated U.S. Government effort to protect intellectual property rights: strengthening domestic criminal enforcement programs, improving international enforcement and training efforts, and developing legislative proposals - all of which are designed to ensure the continued protection of intellectual property rights from the increasing theft and exploitation of those rights.

-- The Department's Domestic Criminal Enforcement Efforts

As part of the President's STOP initiative, in 2004 the Department created a Task Force on Intellectual Property to conduct an exhaustive review of its efforts to protect intellectual property and to strengthen its enforcement resources. Following the review, the Task Force made 31 specific recommendations, including a directive that the Department hire, train and retain more intellectual property prosecutors in order to keep pace with the growing number and complexity of criminal piracy and counterfeiting operations. The Department satisfied or continues to implement all 31 recommendations of the Task Force, and today has more prosecutors focusing on intellectual property crime than at any time in its history.

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