IP Enforcers Call For Wiretaps, Harsher Penalties

Law360, New York (June 22, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT) -- The U.S.' top intellectual property enforcers touted recent successes in combating global IP crime at a Senate hearing Wednesday, and urged Congress to pass legislation that would aid in the fight, including the ability to use wiretaps and impose harsher penalties on violators.

At the hearing, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., praised Victoria Espinel, the intellectual property enforcement coordinator at the White House's Office of Management and Budget, and other IP officials for "making significant strides" toward fighting IP crime.

"Whether intellectual property theft...
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