Enforcement resources

U.S. government resources:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - counterfeit medicines
  • National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center
  • The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is responsible for developing and coordinating US international trade, commodity and direct investment policy and leads negotiations with other countries in these matters. It also provides trade policy leadership and negotiating expertise in its major areas of responsibility including matters relating to trade-related intellectual property protection.
  • Strategy for Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP) is a one stop shop to help businesses protect their intellectual property at home and abroad.
    • Hotline: 1-866-999-HALT (1-866-999-4258) provides businesses the information they need to leverage the resources of the U.S. Government to lock down and enforce their trademarks, patents and copyrights overseas, both in individual countries and in multiple countries through international treaties.
    • International Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Training Database is a site sponsored by the U.S. Department of State in conjunction with USPTO and other providers of training and technical assistance for IPR
  • The U.S. Copyright Office administers the US copyright law and provides assistance to Congress on intellectual property matters including assistance concerning international copyright agreements. The US Copyright Office also advises Congress on anticipated changes in US copyright law, analyzes and assists in drafting of copyright legislation and legislative reports, and provides technical assistance to other countries in developing their own copyright laws.
  • The U. S. Customs and Border Protection is responsible for combating the flow of infringing goods into the United States. It has statutory authority to decide substantive issues of trademark and copyright infringement, and also works with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation on domestic intellectual property matters. Additional information can be found at the intellectual property rights page.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice develops, enforces and supervises the application of all US federal criminal laws, including those dealing with intellectual property rights. Further, the U.S. Department of Justice provides assistance in coordinating international as well as federal, state, and local law enforcement matters. Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section is responsible for implementing the Department's national strategies in combating computer and intellectual property crimes worldwide.
  • The U.S. International Trade Commission

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