Virginia Cracks Down On Counterfeiting

Law360, New York (June 30, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The state of Virginia will implement new rules against counterfeiting on Tuesday, expanding the definition of a “mark” and toughening potential penalties for infringement at a time when knockoffs are becoming more sophisticated.

“Counterfeiting and piracy threaten consumers' health and safety, while shaking our confidence in the products we rely on and the brands we trust,” said Caroline Joiner, vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Virginia's action sets an example for other states, she added. “This legislation will protect Virginia's consumers from dangerous and...
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