CBP To Share Info With IP Holders In Counterfeit Probes

Law360, New York (April 23, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection has authorized its field agents to share information with intellectual property owners to assist in counterfeit goods investigations, despite concerns that such consultations could violate the Trade Secrets Act, according to a notice set to run Tuesday.

Customs announced the new rule in a federal register notice, citing a provision in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that permits the agency to share identifying information, such as product codes, serial numbers and manufacturing dates, with the legitimate trademark right holders of...
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