U.S. To Create IP Czar To Oversee Federal Programs

Law360, New York (November 23, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- U.S. lawmakers have passed a funding bill that would create an "intellectual property czar" whose agency would oversee all IP-related government programs in the U.S. and abroad.

The omnibus spending bill, passed by the U.S. Congress over the weekend, would allow the President to appoint a copyright law enforcement officer to coordinate law enforcement efforts.

Such efforts include enforcement programs by the U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to crack down on piracy, a global epidemic that is costing U.S. companies in the...
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