Reporting Computer, Internet-related or Intellectual Property Crime

By: Paul B. Overhauser  Publisher: Indiana Intellectual Property Law News

Internet-related crime, like any other crime, should be reported to appropriate law enforcement investigative authorities at the local, state, federal, or international levels, depending on the scope of the crime. Citizens who are aware of federal crimes should report them to local offices of federal law enforcement.

A guide to reporting intellectual property crime:

Type of Crime  Appropriate federal investigative law enforcement agencies 
Copyright piracy
(e.g., software, movie, sound recordings)
Trademark counterfeiting
Theft of trade secrets/Economic Espionage

 

The U.S. Department of Justice has also produced a guide, “Reporting Intellectual Property Crime: A Guide for Victims of Counterfeiting, Copyright Infringement, and Theft of Trade Secrets,” available as a PDF file. This guide is contained in Appendix C of the Report of the Department of Justice’s Intellectual Property Task Force (October 2004). The guide also contains the following checklists for reporting intellectual property crime to law enforcement:

Checklist for Reporting a Copyright Infringement or Counterfeit Trademark Offense (PDF)
Checklist for Reporting a Theft of Trade Secrets Offense (PDF) 

Other government initiatives to combat cybercrime include:

National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center

The IPR Coordination Center’s responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating U.S. government domestic and international law enforcement activities involving IPR issues.
  • Serving as a collection point for intelligence provided by private industry, as well as a channel for law enforcement to obtain cooperation from private industry (in specific law enforcement situations).
  • Integrating domestic and international law enforcement intelligence with private industry information relating to IPR crime, and disseminating IPR intelligence for appropriate investigative and tactical use.
  • Developing enhanced investigative, intelligence and interdiction capabilities.
  • Serving as a point of contact regarding IPR law enforcement related issues.

The STOP Initiative (www.stopfakes.gov):

The stopfakes.gov website provides information to consumers and businesses on intellectual property, including information on how to report trade in fake goods.

Those with specific information regarding intellectual property crime can submit an IPR Coordination Center Complaint Referral Form.

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By: Paul B. Overhauser, Publisher, Indiana Intellectual Property Law News

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