Thursday, 26 April 2012 14:15


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As widespread theft of intellectual property continues on a global scale, an increasing number of counterfeits and pirated goods produced overseas are directed to the U.S. market.  While this is not a new phenomenon, it merits continued vigilance on the part of intellectual property rights (“IPR”) holders and law enforcement agencies.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”), which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, twenty four percent (24%) more seizures of counterfeits and pirated goods were made during fiscal year 2011 than in FY2010.

Not only do imitation products economically impact the legitimate rights holders, such goods can also pose serious dangers to the health and safety of consumers.  One obvious example would be pharmaceuticals, but the dangers extend to electronics, cosmetics, and other products.

Interestingly, CBP reported an apparent shift towards using international mail, express courier, and consolidated shipping services to import counterfeits and pirated goods.

Consumer electronics were the top commodity seized, followed by footwear and pharmaceuticals.

For more statistics on Customs and Border Protection IPR Seizures, click here.

For the FY2011 U.S. CBP IPR Seizures Graphic, click here.

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Jason LaCosse

As a Registered Patent Attorney, Mr. LaCosse concentrates his practice in Patent and Trademark Prosecution, Intellectual Property Enforcement, and Licensing. He maintains an AV-Preeminent peer rating by Martindale-Hubbell, is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in Intellectual Property Law, and is licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. Mr. LaCosse is an active member of the Dade County Bar Association, serving on the DCBA Membership Committee and the DCBA Intellectual Property Committee. Mr. LaCosse earned his bachelor's degree in Applied Physics with honors from Michigan Tech, his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and his law degree from the University of Denver.