SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – There is nothing like learning the insight of the expert partners.
One of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s most important collaborative partnerships is with the trade community. To be able to enforce intellectual property rights (IPR) is a complex process, and partnering with rights owners and industry organizations, is critical to its success.
Recently, authorized representatives from major international brands took time to demonstrate to and other federal partners how to protect their registered and recorded rights.
“The flow of counterfeit and pirated goods is a global problem that requires spirited collaboration between CBP and rights owners to ensure effective intellectual property enforcement at the border,” indicated Mayra Claudio, San Juan Area Port Director for Trade. “There are always changes and updates on products and our officers need to stay on top these.”
The San Juan Area Port Trade Fair, held at the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, was an exhibition of patented brands and merchandise to familiarize CBP Officers, Import Specialists, Entry Specialists and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agents on how to detect infringements related to patents, copyright and trademarks.
Representatives displayed samples of their merchandise and guidance on detecting counterfeit items. They also distributed informative literature related to their particular brands.
During the first two quarters of Fiscal Year 2017, CBP in Puerto Rico has experienced an increase of more than 300% in the seizure of counterfeit merchandise, compared to the same period in FY2016.
CBP encourages rights owners and the general trade community to submit an e-Allegation, as a means for the public to anonymously report to CBP any suspected violations of trade laws or regulations related to the importation of goods into the U.S.
To submit your trade allegation, please visit en e-Allegations Online Trade Violation Reporting System.
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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.