Monday, March 16, 2009

ICE, CBP, IPR Center Recognized for Outstanding Work in Trademark Protection

$272.7 million in counterfeits seized in 2008

Yesterday, Proctor and Gamble presented awards to United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) for the successful partnership to further protect the company's trademark.

Companies are teaming with ICE and CBP in a united front against rampant counterfeiting. These agencies seized a variety of counterfeit goods with a market value of $272.7 million in 2008. This was an increase in seizures of 38 percent over seizures in 2007.

The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center is the largest investigative arm of Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and targets those who manufacture, smuggle and distribute counterfeit and substandard products that put our citizens at risk.

We applaud those involved in this taskforce which include agents and analysts from ICE, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the FBI, who coordinate the U.S. government’s domestic and international law enforcement attack on IPR violations.

To learn more about IPR Center visit the ICE website at

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