Washington, D.C. — House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) and Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today issued the following statement in support of the 2010 Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement released by the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (“IPEC”), Victoria Espinel:

“The Joint Strategic Plan released today by the IPEC, Victoria Espinel, provides a much-needed blueprint for making federal prosecution and deterrence of intellectual property crime more effective and efficient.  With the passage of the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO-IP) Act, Congress created the IPEC position to serve as a key intellectual property policy advisor within the administration.

“IP-intensive industries are crucial to American economic growth.  Counterfeits of U.S. goods replace legitimate exports and cost American jobs.  Counterfeited products, from toothpaste to toys, pose grave health and safety threats to consumers.  We hope that the IPEC will be given the resources and interdepartmental coordination required to implement this important plan in a manner consistent with the IPEC’s mandate.

“IPEC Espinel has included policy recommendations to Congress and with due regard for her policy expertise, we will closely consider them.  We remain committed to fulfilling the promise of the PRO-IP Act, protecting consumers and stopping the theft of American technology, creativity and goods.”

Chairman Conyers and Ranking Member Smith were the original sponsors of the PRO-IP Act which was signed into law in 2008 by then-President George W. Bush.