National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) website: www.IPRCenter.gov

WASHINGTON – How would you feel if you poured your life into creating a new product, making a movie, or designing a software program only to learn that someone else was pocketing the profits by selling an illegal knockoff? And what if you discovered your stolen invention was poorly built, putting people’s health and safety in danger?

It happens…all too often. The theft of so-called intellectual property – creative expressions like trade secrets, proprietary products and parts, literature, music and films – comes at a high price. In addition to the very real impact on the rightful owners, it costs legitimate businesses billions of dollars in lost revenue, drives up consumer prices, robs the United States and global economies of vital jobs and tax revenues, reduces product safety, and sometimes even puts lives at risk.

To help spread the word about its work and gather tips and information, the IPR Center has just launched a new standalone website at www.IPRcenter.gov. The site includes an overview of the center, news releases, a photo/video gallery, published reports in an easy-to-use document viewer, and an electronic form for the general public, industry and trade associations, law enforcement, and government agencies to report intellectual property rights violations.

The IPR Center is one of the U.S. government’s key weapons in the fight against criminal counterfeiting and piracy. The IPR Center is led by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and includes partners from 19 agencies: HSI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, FBI, Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, Patent and Trademark Office, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Army Criminal Investigative Command’s Major Procurement Fraud Unit, General Services Administration’s Office of Inspector General, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Defense Logistics Agency’s Office of the Inspector General, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Department of State’s Office of International Intellectual Property Enforcement, National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Office of Inspector General, INTERPOL, Government of Mexico’s Tax Administration Service and Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

As a task force, the IPR Center uses the expertise of its member agencies to share information, develop initiatives, coordinate enforcement actions, and conduct investigations related to IP theft. Through this strategic interagency partnership, the IPR Center protects the public’s health and safety, the U.S. economy and the war fighters.