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05/15/2015
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Because of the systemic danger posed by counterfeiting and piracy, which the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has estimated to cost the global economy in excess of $250 billion per year and up to 750,000 American jobs, the IPR Center seeks to engage directly with public and private acquisition professionals to break the steady growth of trade in counterfeit goods.
06/26/2013
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and several law enforcement agencies in Europe, coordinated by the European Police Office (Europol), announced the seizure of 328 domain names in two related operations Wednesday. The seized domain names were associated with websites illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online.
06/02/2014
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Peter Picone, 41, of Methuen, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Martinez of the District of Connecticut to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit military goods. In a plea agreement with the government, he also agreed to forfeit $70,050 and almost 13,000 counterfeit integrated circuits seized at his home and business in April.
09/09/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

A Virginia woman was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for leading a sophisticated conspiracy to import and to sell counterfeit Cisco-branded computer networking equipment, laundering criminal proceeds and obtaining her citizenship through fraud. This case was investigated by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

03/15/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
Today, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that in fiscal year 2010 their continuing commitment to fight the trade in stolen intellectual property yielded 19,959 seizures, a 34 percent increase over 2009 numbers.
10/29/2012
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations, ICE's HSI, and CBP are working together to seize illegal and harmful versions of correctable vision lenses and decorative or color contact lenses that are illegally imported and distributed throughout the United States.
05/08/2012
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), led by ICE's Homeland Security Investigations, has joined together with the FBI and six major American movie studios to launch an updated anti-piracy warning to be displayed on new releases.
10/16/2015
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The operation, which is coordinated through the HSI-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), has resulted in the seizure of over 20,000 pairs of counterfeit and decorative contact lenses.
04/10/2013
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
In addition to his prison term, Ferrer was sentenced to serve three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution.
06/23/2015
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Representatives from U.S. and Chinese customs agencies strengthened relations Tuesday by signing an agreement to work together to combat violators of intellectual property rights law.
12/22/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center led this international enforcement effort targeting the sale and importation of counterfeit and pirated goods.
05/31/2019
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Fake jerseys, ball caps, t-shirts, jackets and other souvenirs are among the counterfeit merchandise and clothing typically sold during these events. Additionally, authorities have seen an increase in the sale of counterfeit tickets being sold to these events.

11/20/2015
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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Counterfeit electronics that overheat due to improper manufacture, fake bicycle helmets that break upon impact and phony cosmetics that lead to skin ailments are just a few examples of knock-off items sold online that present a serious health and safety risk. Seasonal items like holiday lights can also be counterfeit, poorly wired and ignite fires.
12/12/2016
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

The Joint Strategic Plan (JSP) for Intellectual Property Enforcement, titled “Supporting Innovation, Creativity & Enterprise: Charting a Path Ahead”, identifies overarching goals, mandated objectives and collaborative initiatives to be implemented by the ICE-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) over the next three years. 

11/27/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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To mark the official beginning of the online holiday shopping season, known as Cyber Monday, ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the IPR Center, the Department of Justice and the FBI Washington Field Office have seized 150 website domain names that were illegally selling and distributing counterfeit merchandise.

10/05/2014
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
According to the indictment, the defendants conspired to smuggle at least 30 known shipments, totaling about 100,000 pills, from China to Texas. As alleged in the indictment, the shipments contained bogus imitations of Xanax, Valium, sibutramine, Cialis, Viagra and Stilnox (which is marketed in the United States as Ambien). None of the pills seized and tested were legitimate; all either contained incorrect active ingredients or were sub-potent.
11/26/2012
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), law enforcement agencies from Belgium, Denmark, France, Romania and the United Kingdom, and the European Police Office (Europol) seized 132 domain names today that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online to unsuspecting consumers.
07/31/2019
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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HSI’s forced labor programs coordinate and initiate criminal investigations into U.S.-bound supply chains whose goods are made wholly or in part by means of forced labor.

03/24/2014
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
The number of IPR seizures increased nearly 7 percent from 22,848 in FY 2012 to 24,361 in FY 2013.
10/30/2018
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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IPR Center Director Alex Khu and CoLP Commissioner Ian Dyson pledged to combine resources to tackle the illegal importation and distribution of counterfeit goods that threaten the health and safety of consumers, wreak havoc on local and national economies, and fund criminal organizations involved in various illicit activities.

09/29/2014
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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The three-day event gave attendees the opportunity to learn about and discuss operational best practices to combat transnational organized intellectual property (IP) crime through plenary sessions, operational workshops, interactive round tables and specialized IP crime learning sessions.
10/17/2011
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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On Oct. 14, 18,640 pieces of counterfeit merchandise were seized from within the D.C. Farmer's Market on the corner of Fifth Street Northeast and Neal Place Northeast by special agents with U.S. ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and officers with the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). 11 people were arrested.
07/13/2012
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud

Gregory A. Cherwonik pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to willfully reproduce and distribute tens of thousands of infringing copies of copyrighted works without permission, including infringing copies of movies before they were commercially released on DVD.

04/07/2015
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
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As baseball fans welcome in another season, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is warning the public to beware of counterfeit merchandise and tickets.
06/11/2013
Washington, DC
Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Fraud
With the NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Playoffs in full swing, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) warned the public Tuesday to beware of purchasing counterfeit sports apparel and tickets to playoff games.

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