Lawmakers will likely wait until after the November elections to push a bill that would channel more resources toward Homeland Security Department counterfeit detection and enforcement efforts, a consultant for a U.S. Chamber of Commerce affiliate said Monday.

The 2006 Intellectual Property Enhanced Criminal Enforcement Act (H.R. 5921), referred to the House Judiciary Committee last month, would increase penalties for producers of counterfeit goods, whose efforts cut into corporate profits and are potentially harmful to consumers. It also would add staff to counterfeit detection agencies.

By Jonathan Marino
22 August 2006

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