Obama Administration Officials to Announce Progress Cracking Down on Counterfeit Goods

Launch of Public Awareness Campaign on How Counterfeiting Causes Job Loss, Crime, Health Risks

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, November 29th, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will hold an event at the White House to announce the Administration’s progress in cracking down on intellectual property theft crimes and its launch of a public education campaign intended to increase Americans’ knowledge of the threat these crimes pose to economic prosperity and public safety. Holder will be joined by Acting Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank and Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel, who will discuss the ways in which counterfeit goods impact the everyday lives of American families: posing health risks, harming the economy, and costing American jobs.  Holder will also be joined by Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement John Morton, who will discuss ongoing administration enforcement efforts concerning counterfeit goods and intellectual property crimes.  Ann Harkins, National Crime Prevention Council President and CEO, will describe and unveil the products of the campaign to build awareness about the harm caused by counterfeit goods and engage the public in stopping intellectual property theft.