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CBP Pitches Perfect Game on Counterfeit Tigers Gear

Release Date: 
December 5, 2012

Detroit - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations in Detroit seized a shipment of knit Detroit Tigers hats and headbands from China, destined for Warren, Michigan. The goods were subject to seizure because they failed to indicate the proper country of origin, as required by law, and because they bore a counterfeit trademark, the stylized "D" of the Detroit Tigers. Only properly licensed manufacturers may make use of a trademark such as the Major League Baseball properties at issue here.

CBP officers in Detroit seize phoney tigers gear

"CBP is on the frontline of [intellectual property rights] enforcement, partnering with industry, other federal agencies and foreign governments to fight cross-border trade in counterfeit and pirated goods like this one," said Director of Field Operations, Christopher Perry. "It's a great feeling knowing that we are protecting our nation's economy, the safety of its people, and our national security against harm from counterfeit and pirated goods."

A total of 112 boxes containing hats and headbands are being held in secure storage for final disposition of the seizure.

"Major League Baseball Properties is pleased to work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and other law enforcement agencies to address counterfeiting issues that affect all fans," said Ethan Orlinsky, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Major League Baseball Properties. "We applaud the trademark protection efforts undertaken by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection offices throughout the country including those taken by the USCBP in Detroit earlier this month. Removing counterfeit products from the marketplace, protects consumers from potential harm, allows legitimate manufacturers, retailers and their employees to maintain their jobs, eliminates shoddy products from the marketplace and otherwise protects our economy from sales by companies that don't typically pay taxes."

In fiscal year 2011, efforts by CBP and other federal partners to enforce IPR laws led to more than 24,000 seizures, a 24 percent increase compared to the previous year.

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.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017