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Counterfeiting and piracy were once limited to T-shirts and music sold on street corners. Today, copyright owners encounter infringers more often than customers. Counterfeit goods are sold via the Internet to consumers and wind their way through supply chains into everything from cell phones to weapons platforms. Rights owners suffer brand diminution and economic loss. Counterfeits threaten public health and safety, causing unscheduled maintenance, property damage, physical injury, and even death. InCriminal Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights: U.S. Perspective, career federal prosecutor Sherri Schornstein demystifies the criminal legal process by guiding readers through the federal prosecution maze. She offers detailed information about criminal enforcement, including the roles of government agencies and how private industry can develop case referrals. She also provides cross-industry interviews with former high-ranking government insiders, investigators, attorneys, academics, and brand protection professionals who share experiences concerning the enforcement challenge. This book will be a valuable addition to every industry sector and a resource for those in other countries seeking to understand how the U.S. criminal justice system addresses IP crime.
Sherri L. Schornstein is a senior Assistant U.S. Attorney and the senior member of the Computer Hacking & Intellectual Property (CHIP) Unit in the Fraud & Public Corruption Section of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. She has prosecuted a wide variety of IP crimes and other complex, multi-jurisdictional, multi-law enforcement agency fraud schemes. She leads the D.C. Counterfeit Microelectronics Working Group, has held a variety of leadership positions with the American Bar Association, and has served as a faculty member for the INTERPOL International Law Enforcement IP Crime Conference.