Chicago - During examinations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Chicago O'Hare International Airport discovered and seized 25 cartons of counterfeit merchandise earlier this month. The cartons of cell phones, head phones and gaming systems, which infringed on trademarks recorded with CBP and were estimated to have a MSRP value of $1,261,556 and a domestic value of $1,168,829. The shipment originated in China and was destined for Florida.
The shipment was selected for examination after CBP officers became suspicious of documentation that had been submitted for the cargo. Upon physical inspection, more than 9,400 name-brand consumer electronic items bearing the names of Sony, LG, BlackBerry and Nintendo, to name a few, were discovered. After determining the items violated trademark laws, the shipment was seized.
As the federal agency responsible for U.S. border protection, CBP is a key player in intellectual property rights enforcement. CBP's IPR enforcement focuses on improving risk analysis to enhance the capability to target and interdict shipments of fake goods while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade; identifying business practices linked to importing counterfeit goods and working with companies to change those practices; using audits to deprive counterfeiters and pirates of their profits; working with IPR holders to protect their rights; and cooperating with other government agencies, foreign customs administrations and international organizations to strengthen IPR enforcement around the world.
"Our CBP officers are working diligently to protect businesses, consumers and our economy every day by combating the trade in counterfeit and pirated goods through an aggressive intellectual property rights enforcement program," said David J. Murphy, CBP director of field operations in Chicago. "CBP takes seriously its role in stopping these fraudulent and inferior items from reaching American consumers who will never receive the quality items they paid for and deserve. This seizure is illustrative of that commitment."
For more information on IPR issues, please visit the intellectual property rights page on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Web site.
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.