CBP Publishes Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Guide

On March 31, 2011, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published an Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Guide. In it, CBP identifies three ways intellectual property (IP) owners can maximize protection of their IP rights:

E-Recordation

 - establishing an e-Recordation record provides CBP with information necessary to determine when imported goods infringe on legitimate IP owner's rights; 

E-Allegations

 - business and rights owners are encouraged to submit allegations of infringing shipments or conduct to CBP. CBP uses this information to target these acts and may refer cases for criminal prosecution; 

    ·    Information Sharing - to proactively help CBP in making infringement determinations, rights owners should consider submitting product identification guides to CBP to be placed on CBP internal websites and linked to the E-Recordation system, and also providing product identification training to CBP personnel at ports of entry.