Peter Colosi writes “New Government Resources” in Intellectual Property Today

January 2013

It is not surprising that the news is full of stories about the rise in number and significance of intellectual property thefts. These crimes have the “virtue” – from the perpetrators’ perspective – of being highly profitable, and thus more and more companies find themselves victims of them. Historically, because of competing priorities, law enforcement has not been able to devote significant resources to the prosecution of criminals committing IP theft, and brand-holders have been left to try their cases in civil court. However, a company’s ability to protect its IP rights through the criminal process now has more teeth than ever.