Boston, MA-U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the port of Boston identified and seized a shipment of counterfeit Music CDs for intellectual property rights violations. The suggested retail price of the pirated CDs bearing images of the Marvel Entertainment character is estimated to be $87,664.
On May 23, CBP officers targeted a shipment containing 2,925 boxed sets of music CDs at the Container Examination Station for an enforcement examination. During the examination, CBP officers observed the boxes bearing the image of what appeared to be Marvel Entertainment's "Dr. Doom" character, which is a trademark recorded with CBP.
After further inspection the goods were detained for a through investigation. When CBP sought a letter of authorization for use of the CD trademark from the importing party, the importer signed and submitted a CBP Form 4607, Notice of Abandonment. Subsequently, all 183 boxes were seized for IPR violations on June 20.
CBP's approach to intellectual property rights enforcement is a multi-layered approach utilizing personnel, technology, intelligence and partnerships. CBP officers, import specialists and agriculture specialists routinely conduct enforcement operations on counterfeit and pirated goods, and enforce exclusion orders on patent-infringing and other IPR violations from being shipped to the U.S.
Preventing the entry of counterfeit items is crucial to protecting consumers a well as the economy of the United States. Stopping IPR violations at the border protects the trademark holder from losses which are ultimately borne by the consumer in the form of higher retail prices.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.