Senate Panel OKs IP Enforcement Bill

Law360, New York (September 11, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary has approved a bill intended to add some teeth to U.S. copyright and trademark laws against the sale of counterfeit movies, music, medication and software.

The legislation, which passed on Thursday with bipartisan backing, would create an intellectual property enforcement representative who would serve as an adviser to the president and help streamline national and global enforcement efforts. It would also grant the attorney general the authority to initiate civil suits against copyright infringers and impose criminal fines....
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