Counterfeit Goods Bill Could Harm Trade, Lawmakers Hear

Law360, New York (March 28, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT) -- A bill to root out counterfeit goods by increasing cooperation between U.S. Customs and Border Protection and intellectual property holders could limit legitimate trade by forcing importers to share commercially sensitive information, a witness told a congressional panel Wednesday.

Testifying on behalf of the American Free Trade Association, international trade attorney Gilbert Sandler told the House Judiciary Committee's Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee that while preventing counterfeit imports should be a priority, the proposed Foreign Counterfeit Prevention Act would give Customs too much leeway in...
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