Lars Erik-Hjelm and Suzanne Kane Pen Article on Trademark Rules Pertaining to Imported Merchandise

Law360 has published “CBP Rule Gives TM Holders More Info On Imported Products,” written by Lars-Erik Hjelm and Suzanne Kane, partner and associate, respectively, in the international trade practice at Akin Gump.

The article discusses a rule published by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) last month regarding the sharing of additional information about imported merchandise with trademark owners prior to seizure in order to determine whether merchandise bears a counterfeit mark. As the authors write, “the rule authorizes CBP to disclose information that was previously considered to be protected by the Trade Secrets Act.”

Hjelm and Kane provide background on CBP’s authority, as it relates to intellectual property rights at the U.S. border, and also offer recommendations for intellectual property rights owners.

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