From the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator …
I hope that all is well. Attached is the March/April edition of IPEC Spotlight, which highlights areas of recent progress the Administration has achieved in improving the protection of American intellectual property rights.
On April 30, 2013, the U. S. Sentencing Commission submitted to Congress sentencing guideline amendments which provided for enhancements to crimes involving economic espionage, trade secret theft, and trafficking in counterfeit drugs and military goods. These sentencing guideline amendments reflect changes proposed in the Administration’s March 2011 White Paper on Intellectual Property Enforcement Legislative Recommendations.
Ensuring intellectual property protection, particularly in the military sector, is a significant Administration priority, and two recent cases highlight successful prosecutions in this critical area. In one case, an employee of a New Jersey-based defense contractor stole sensitive military technology involving guidance systems for missiles and rockets and exported the U.S. military technology to the People’s Republic of China. He was sentenced to 70 months in prison.
In the second case, a defendant was sentenced to one year in prison for criminal copyright infringement after he obtained $2.3 million of industrial grade software from Chinese and Russian cybercriminals and used the software to perform computer simulations for contracts involving military helicopters, missile components, and law enforcement radar equipment.
Preventing trade secret theft and ensuring that counterfeit goods and services do not make their way into our supply chain, remain top Administration priorities.
We look forward to continued work to protect intellectual property rights at home and abroad.
U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator
Executive Office of the President