The Strategy for Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP), an initiative announced by the Bush Administration in October of 2004, unites the White House, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Food and Drug Administration and State Department officials in the fight against piracy and counterfeit.
In June 2006, a report was released addressing the progress of the initiatives that have been launched by this joint effort. One such accomplishment was the launch of www.stopfakes.gov. This website provides toolkits and helpful information regarding the protection of intellectual property (IP). As an extension of this online initiative www.uspto.gov/smallbusiness/ was launched as a resource geared toward the small and medium-sized business community.
In tandem with www.stopfakes.gov a toll free hotline (1-866-999-HALT) is available to counsel businesses on IP issues. Attorneys at 1-866-999-HALT will work with callers to resolve problems and will assign a â€œtrade compliance teamâ€ should an individual or company have properly registered their rights.