Customs IP Rule Could Aid Counterfeiters, Groups Say

Law360, New York (June 28, 2012, 3:44 PM EDT) -- A new rule allowing U.S. Customs and Border Protection field agents to share information with trademark owners in counterfeit goods investigations includes a loophole that could shield counterfeiters, two intellectual property groups told Customs this week.

In their public comments filed Monday regarding the rule, which went into effect in April, both the Intellectual Property Owners Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association expressed alarm about a provision that gives importers of suspected counterfeit goods a chance to prove to Customs that the goods are...
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