The Intellectual Property Enforcement Program (IPEP) is designed to improve the capacity of state, local, tribal, and territorial criminal justice systems to address intellectual property (IP) enforcement, including prosecution, prevention, training, and technical assistance. Awards will be made to support law enforcement agencies that have an IP enforcement task force or plan to create one. These task forces will collaborate with the relevant state, local, territorial, tribal, campus, and federal agencies, including the local U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO).
With the widespread availability of technology, the cases developed by previous grantees under this program have expanded the understanding and classification of IP infringement beyond traditional luxury goods such as handbags and watches. Cases have shown that the high profits and perceived low risks involved in selling counterfeit goods have resulted in an increasingly more sophisticated and prevalent trade that touches products in every industry such as food, health care products, pharmaceuticals, electronics, and even automobile and aircraft parts. The internet also has made pirated content widely and easily available, specifically music, movies, and software.
IPEP includes an educational component to assist uninformed buyers in determining the authenticity of seemingly legitimate websites that actually deceive consumers into purchasing counterfeit goods.
For more information, please visit https://www.bja.gov/funding/IPEP19.pdf
Applications Due: July 2, 2019