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Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center opens in Virginia

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced the opening of a new high-tech National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center in northern Virginia that will help maximize member agencies' authorities and resources to counter the global threat of intellectual property rights violations.

"Intellectual property rights crimes are increasing in volume and complexity, costing legitimate companies and their hard-working employees billions in irreplaceable revenue," said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. "These crimes threaten the health and safety of American consumers, and put illicit funds in the hands of criminals here as well as unknown recipients overseas. This center will fuse federal resources and promote partnerships with industry in new and powerful ways to protect American business and consumers from falling victim to dangerous and illicit goods."

The center will host the restructured partnership of its components, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, with the Department of Commerce, Health and Human Services' Food and Drug Administration, the Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to combat counterfeiting and trademark piracy.

Full press release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement