U.S. Customs – Your Personal Policeman at the Border

Many companies mistakenly believe that registering a trademark or copyright with the U.S. Government provides sufficient protection and remedies, and, therefore, do not take the extra step to record trademarks or copyrights with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (U.S. Customs).

The processes achieve two completely different goals.

Registering a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) or copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office gives public notice of one’s ownership of the trademark or copyright. On the other hand, the purpose of recording a trademark or copyright with U.S. Customs is to partner with the agency in preventing the unauthorized importation of merchandise that bears a recorded trademark or copyright. U.S. Customs prevents counterfeit and otherwise infringing products from entering or exiting the United States for registered trademark or copyright holders who have recorded their trademarks or copyrights with Customs.

U.S. Customs officials may detect infringing merchandise at the time of entry into the United States. When you record trademarks or copyrights with Customs, the information is entered into an electronic database accessible to U.S. Customs officers around the world. U.S. Customs uses this information to target suspect shipments for the purpose of physically examining merchandise which ultimately prevents the importation or exportation of infringing goods.

Advantages to Recording a Trademark or Copyright with Customs

The first and most obvious advantage to recording a trademark or copyright with U.S. Customs is that the agency will monitor and seize infringing merchandise at the ports of entry. Because U.S. […]

Large Seizure by CBP Highlights High Margins of Counterfeiting, and Necessity of Recordation

Does CBP protecft and police your IPR at the border? If not, hear why you are missing out and how Hermes benfited by recording its IP with CBP.

By |2021-11-09T15:08:58-05:00November 4, 2013|Best Practices, Counterfeits, Import, Seizures, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)|Comments Off on Large Seizure by CBP Highlights High Margins of Counterfeiting, and Necessity of Recordation

Florida Companies Convicted and Sentenced

In another example of the government's continuing use of the criminal justice system to enforce international trade laws, three Florida companies and their management were recently convicted and sentenced for importing smuggled toys from China containing lead and containing counterfeit trademarks.

Export Regulations and Cloud Computing…Beware!

Forrester Research predicts that the global market for cloud computing services will have increased from $40.7 billion dollars in 2011 to approximately $241 billion dollars by 2020. Do you have an export compliance plan in place that includes cloud computing?

By |2021-11-10T14:18:20-05:00May 28, 2013|Export, IPR, Trademarks and Logos, U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)|Comments Off on Export Regulations and Cloud Computing…Beware!

As U.S. Imports from China Intensify so does CBP Enforcement

With the concentration of US imports from China increasing in parallel with intellectual property rights seizures, companies rely heavily on the government, specifically on US Customs and Border Protection ("CBP") to help protect and enforce their intellectual property rights ("IPR"). IPR seizure statistics are published yearly. From 2010-2011 alone, IPR seizures increase by 24%, and have nearly doubled since 2009.

By |2021-11-10T14:39:06-05:00September 18, 2012|Best Practices, China, China Trade War, Counterfeits, International Trade, IPR, Trademarks and Logos, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)|Comments Off on As U.S. Imports from China Intensify so does CBP Enforcement

China Sourcing Fair – How to Solve U.S. Customs Issues When Importing From China

The rewards of sourcing from China are well known, but succeeding at it is far from simple. With a sluggish global economy resulting in unpredictable market changes, cost-effective sourcing is important. To help you build or sharpen your China sourcing strategies, a new series of "How to Source from China" conferences are back at the China Sourcing Fair (July 10-12, Miami)!

By |2019-10-22T01:48:39-04:00July 9, 2012|China, China Trade War, International Trade, IPR, Trademarks and Logos, Supply Chain|Comments Off on China Sourcing Fair – How to Solve U.S. Customs Issues When Importing From China
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