AG Nominee is a Good Sign for IP

Dec 1, 2008

Earlier today, President-elect Barack Obama announced his selection of Eric Holder as the next attorney general.  In light of this announcement, a review of Mr. Holder’s record on intellectual property (IP) issues offers an encouraging sign about the incoming administration’s commitment to enforce and improve IP rights.  As deputy attorney general in the Clinton Administration, Mr. Holder was a leading figure in the Justice Department’s launch of its "Intellectual Property Rights Initiative."

Holder’s selection offers the promise of not only greater enforcement of IP rights, but that a commitment to strong IP rights at home and abroad will be a hallmark of the Obama administration. Learn more:

As Former President Clinton’s Deputy Attorney General, Eric Holder Announced The Justice Department’s $11 Billion Intellectual Property Rights Initiative. "Federal officials trying to control the widespread software piracy that cost companies $ 11 billion last year launched Friday a new initiative designed to crack down on the increasing number of intellectual property crimes. ‘At the same time that our information economy is soaring, so is intellectual property theft,’ said Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder, who came to San Jose for the announcement. ‘We are here to send the message that those who steal our intellectual property will be prosecuted. This is theft, pure and simple.’" ("U.S. Targets High-Tech Crimes In Intellectual Property Initiative," Investor's Business Daily, 7/26/99
The Intellectual Property Rights Initiative Included Increased Enforcement Efforts Nationwide For The Theft Of Trade Secrets, Counterfeiting Chips And Software, And Pirating Software Through The Internet. "As part of the so- called Intellectual Property Rights Initiative, attorneys and investigators from the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI and U.S. Customs are going to increase enforcement nationwide with particular emphasis in the New York area, South Florida, Boston and the high-tech corridors of California. Specifically, federal agents will be working to nab people stealing trade secrets, counterfeiting chips and software, and pirating programs though the Internet. In addition, federal training centers will increase training classes on software piracy, and investigators will work more closely with corporations struggling with theft." ("U.S. Targets High-Tech Crimes In Intellectual Property Initiative," Investor's Business Daily, 7/26/99)

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