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White House Urges Congress To Beef Up Intellectual Property Enforcement
Wall Street Journal
WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)–The Obama administration on Tuesday called on Congress to pass legislation to crack down on counterfeit drugs and other types of intellectual property theft.
The recently created office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, housed in the White House, proposed 20 recommendations focused in large part on increasing prison sentences for violators and sharing information with companies that own copyrights. The legislative proposals take particular aim at the trafficking of counterfeit drugs, calling for Congress to set up a track-and-trace system and to mandate that importers and manufacturers notify the government when they uncover fake goods.