Topic: Counterfeiting

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Copyright – Customs and Border Protection – Lego v Best-Lock

When a trademark owner registers its marks with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), CBP may seize imported counterfeits based on trademark claims. CBP may also seize shipments from abroad based upon copyright infringement. See 19 C.F.R. §§ 133.41-46. As stated by CBP, “In regard to copyright infringement, articles that are determined by CBP … Continue reading

Anti-counterfeiting legislation enacted

To combat the continuing problem brand owners and the public have with counterfeit trademarks, Congress has enacted two new pieces of legislation. First, the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) was signed in December 2011 and went into effect earlier this year. The NDAA increased penalties for counterfeits found in the military supply chain. Second, on July … Continue reading

Addressing rogue websites

As eCommerce accounts for an ever-growing share of retail sales, rogue websites have become a special concern for brand owners seeking to protect their valuable intellectual property from counterfeiters and others seeking a “free ride” on the brand’s goodwill. Just last week, the Department of Justice announced that a man had plead guilty to selling more … Continue reading
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