This course introduces the problem of intellectual property (IP) theft and provides tools, techniques, and resources for investigating and prosecuting these crimes. A combination of lecture, discussion, and interactive exercises illustrates the potential dangers and economic repercussions of counterfeit products, as well as best practices and techniques for investigating IP theft. Students are provided with a state-specific folder that includes relevant statutes, sample organizational documents for IP investigations, and additional resources for investigators and prosecutors.
This course is presented in collaboration with the National Association of Attorneys General.
- Awareness. Learn about the types of IP crimes, the criminals who commit these crimes, and the impacts and dangers.
- Investigation. Learn about online and traditional techniques, how to work with brand experts and the private sector, how to handle large amounts of evidence, and resources.
- Statutes. Understand prosecutorial theories and engage in state-specific discussion.
- Hands-on experience. Work with "real" counterfeit products. Identify fakes with expert guidance.