Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced that the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has awarded nearly $4 million in grants to enable state and local agencies and prosecutors to boost prosecution of intellectual property crime.
Award recipients include the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which will receive $200,000 under the grant program that was created by legislative provisions authored by Rep. Schiff. An award was also made to the City of Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
"One of the strategic economic advantages that we has always enjoyed is that America is home to some of the most creative and inventive entrepreneurs, and the most productive work force of anywhere in the world," Rep. Schiff said. "The funding awarded today will help our law enforcement entities crack down on high-tech crimes, including IP crimes of counterfeiting and piracy."
The grants awarded today will provide support for enforcing criminal intellectual property laws as well as educating the public to prevent, deter, and identify criminal violations of these laws.