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Panel Participants Work Together to Promote IP Crime Prevention and Enforcement

by Robert E. Hartnett, Instructor, NW3C  -   May 20, 2014
Intellectual Property
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In April, NW3C continued its efforts to reduce IP theft by participating in a panel where major players in the prevention, investigation, and enforcement of Intellectual Property Theft came together for a discussion. Dubbed “Education, Enforcement, and the Economics of Piracy and Counterfeiting,” the panel was hosted by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and the House co-chairs of the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus:  Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). The panel’s goal was to bring together experts with different perspectives to share ideas on ways to ensure that the legitimate creators and owners of intellectual property profit from their own work.

Panelists included:  Ann M. Harkins, National Crime Prevention Council President and CEO; Bob Hartnett, NW3C IP Theft Training instructor; Lev Kubiak, Director, National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center; Michael D. Smith, Professor of Information Technology and Marketing at Carnegie Mellon University; Christopher Merriam, Deputy Chief for Intellectual Property, Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice; and Christopher McClure, Special Agent, Virginia State Police.

NCPC’s President Ann Harkins talked on the panel about the synergistic relationship between NW3C and NCPC.  Having its own valuable piece of intellectual property in McGruff the Crime Dog®, NCPC understands the need for both IP protection and public education.  NW3C, with its expertise in teaching law enforcement through more than 70 IP crime classes in 44 states, is in a position to help NCPC get its public education materials and message into the right hands. As a result, NCPC and NW3C, as well as the entire nationwide law enforcement community, benefit from the partnership.  

The panel’s discussion made it clear that there is no single solution to the problems associated with IP crimes. It was the group’s consensus that the best approach includes a combination of providing training to law enforcement, enforcing laws, and educating the public. 

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