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Overview Edit

The Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is a section within the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice consisting of a specialized team of 40 prosecutors who are devoted to the enforcement of computer crime and IP laws. Fourteen CCIPS attorneys are assigned exclusively to prosecuting IP crimes and implementing the Department's IP enforcement program. These attorneys prosecute cases, assist prosecutors and investigative agents in the field, and help develop and implement the Department’s overall IP enforcement strategy and legislative priorities. CCIPS attorneys are available to provide advice and guidance to agents and Assistant United States Attorneys on a 24/7 basis. CCIPS attorneys also provide training on the criminal enforcement of IP laws to prosecutors and investigative agents both domestically and abroad.

The group's site includes information on computer crime and intellectual property policy, cases, laws, and statutes and the guide Searching and Seizing Computers and Obtaining Electronic Evidence in Criminal Investigations (full-text).

International activities Edit

CCIPS places a high priority on fostering international cooperation and coordination in its IP enforcement efforts. CCIPS has developed relationships with foreign law enforcement through international casework as well as through training and outreach.

In April 2004, CCIPS appointed an International Coordinator for Intellectual Property — an action that, in addition to bolstering international prosecutorial efforts, was intended to improve coordination between policy and law enforcement agencies. CCIPS works to determine how it can provide assistance to improve law enforcement in priority countries. Aside from investigations and prosecutions, CCIPS efforts include training and diplomatic efforts to build cooperative relations between U.S. and foreign law enforcement officials.

In the past five years, CCIPS attorneys and the DOJ IP Law Enforcement Coordinators in Eastern Europe and Asia met with well over 10,000 prosecutors, judges, investigators and IP officials from over 100 countries.

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