“Protecting Intellectual Property with the United States Customs and Border Protection,” Keith J. Marcinowski, Ph.D., Patent Agent

One of the goals of the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is to stop the flow of counterfeit goods into and through the United States. Currently, validly registered trademarks and copyrights may be recorded with CBP. This information is used by CBP to monitor shipments and prevent the importation or exportation of infringing goods. In order to more fully extend border enforcement protection, legislation has recently proposed to include design patents through the creation of a registry similar to that which currently exists for goods protected by trademarks and copyrights.

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