IP Official Recommends Stronger Enforcement Plan

Law360, New York (March 15, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT) -- A top U.S. intellectual property enforcement official on Tuesday issued recommendations to Congress for cracking down on IP crime, including stiffer sentences for counterfeit and trade secrets offenses, and increased penalty powers for U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel released a white paper laying out 20 legislative changes to more effectively counter IP theft — the first such guidance to come out of the office's investigation of existing IP laws.

The office asked Congress to enforce longer prison sentences...
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