Bill Would Involve IP Owners Early In Customs Knockoff Probes

Law360, New York (December 17, 2012, 6:16 PM EST) -- A bill introduced in Congress on Thursday would expand the ability of U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents to share information with owners of intellectual property to assist investigations into counterfeit goods, in part by overruling a waiting period the agency implemented earlier this year.

The Foreign Counterfeit Merchandise Prevention Act, H.R. 6654, which is scheduled to be marked up by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, would exempt "critical" goods from a Customs rule that gives importers of goods suspected to be counterfeit seven days...
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