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Priority Trade Issue: Intellectual Property Rights

CBP officials describes confiscation of courterfiet goods prior to the 2014 Super Bowl.

Robert E. Perez, CBP's director of operations for New York area ports, describes how CBP targets imported goods for intellectual property rights violations prior to the 2014 Super Bowl. Photo by Josh Denmark

Trade in counterfeit and pirated goods threatens America’s innovation economy, the competitiveness of our businesses, the livelihoods of U.S. workers, and, in some cases, national security and the health and safety of consumers.

Trade in these illegitimate goods is associated with smuggling and other criminal activities, and often funds criminal enterprises. CBP protects businesses and consumers every day through an aggressive IPR enforcement program.

CBP targets and seizes imports of counterfeit and pirated goods, and enforces exclusion orders on patent-infringing and other IPR violative goods.

Fact Sheet on CBP Intellectual Property Rights enforcement initiatives

Turning the Tide Video on CBP Intellectual Property Rights initiatives

Additional information on how CBP can help protect Intellectual Property Rights