Planning for fakes


Bob Kenney and Katie Melvin

On June 22, 2010, the newly created executive branch office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) released the first US Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement.

The plan was based on information gathered from several federal agencies as well as public input on the costs and risks of IP infringement.

The plan addresses the economic concerns of IP infringement—chiefly the impact on innovation, investment and jobs amounting to billions of dollars lost to the US economy each year—and the risks to public health and safety posed by counterfeit products and the criminal activity surrounding counterfeiting operations.

The plan outlines six primary objectives, of which the following are of particular interest to rights holders and advocates:

IPEC, anti-counterfeiting