Michael Mukasey today promised to be "aggressive in protecting intellectual property" if he is confirmed as U.S. Attorney General.

The statement came during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Mukasey's nomination in response to questions from Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on the role the Department of Justice would have under Mukasey's leadership if he is confirmed.

Intellectual property "is as important as any natural resource we have," Mukasey said. "It's what fuels our economy."