A major issue in our increasingly global economy is the importation of counterfeit or infringing goods. Often foreign countries do not recognize the same form of Intellectual Property rights as the US. Often cited complaints are the creation of infringing goods in foreign countries and importation of these goods into the US. This is a hot issue in countries with weak Intellectual Property rights, which makes it easier for the production and exportation of counterfeit or infringing marks.
However, section 337 complaints, exclusion orders, the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the US Customs office enable intellectual property owners to protect their rights. The ITC is a front line agency involved in preventing the importation of counterfeit or infringing goods. Below is a simple summary of the ITC’s process and how it can aid Intellectual Property Owners.