Border Enforcement of Intellectual Property

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Oceana Publications, 2000 - Law - 348 pages
In fiscal years 1994-1998, U.S. Customs seized over 11,740 shipments containing over $259 million worth of goods that infringed copyrights & trademarks. Because pirates & counterfeiters make use of the same technological developments as legitimate businesses, it is imperative to keep pace with new measures to detect & prevent the distribution of such merchandise. U.S. Customs Is Now a Partner in Copyright & Trademark Protection U.S. Customs is a new ally for intellectual property rights owners & their attorneys in the struggle to protect intellectual property assets. The author examines the increased emphasis placed on protecting intellectual property by U.S. Customs & the legal bases for seizure of pirate & counterfeit merchandise. The volume contains selected provisions of law that provide the U.S. Customs Service with copyright & trademark enforcement authority. Details Current Customs Regulations Customs regulations related to trade name, trademark & copyright protection & select cases related to border enforcement of intellectual property, including court decisions on parallel import issues, are provided. There is also coverage of the new Customs regulations implementing the Lever Brothers case, & on disclosing information & allowing private actions to be initiated. Includes International Agreements This volume also contains provisions from regional & multilateral agreements providing for customs enforcement of intellectual property. These materials include the World Trade Organization's Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, & provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement & the European Community.

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