The Use of U.S. Customs to Enforce the Client’s IP Rights

Oct 20052005 AIPLA Annual Meeting

The importation of counterfeit and infringing products is an enormous problem in the United States, affecting virtually every industry and costing intellectual property owners millions of dollars in lost sales and market deterioration. This article describes how trademark and copyright owners can work with the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) — the agency charged with assisting intellectual property owners in preventing the importation of counterfeit, infringing, and gray market goods — to reduce the negative impact of imports that violate trademark and copyright laws.