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Passage of Legislation to Improve IP Enforcement at U.S. Ports and Borders
Recent statistics emphasize the need for increased enforcement. IP seizures in the U.S. increased by over 34% from 2009 to 2010, with 19,959 seizures recorded at a domestic value of $188.1 million. As such, it has been a GIPC priority to enact legislation that will improve the ability of agencies to prevent counterfeit and other infringing goods from entering the United States. In the 111th Congress GIPC endorsed the Customs Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Reauthorization Act of 2009 (S. 1631), introduced by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member Grassley.
This bill would do the following:
On October 20, 2009, Rick Cotton, Chairman of the Chamber-led Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (CACP), testified before the Senate Finance Committee that cross-border IP theft has “mushroomed from a cottage industry into a global network that endangers our economy, kills our jobs, threatens our citizens’ health and safety and nourishes organized crime.” Cotton stated that Congress should use the authorization process to upgrade IP enforcement capabilities at CBP and ICE, and raise anti-counterfeiting and piracy responsibilities to senior levels at these agencies. The economic future of the U.S., he added, depends on innovation, ingenuity, and creativity. Further, America’s international competitiveness relies on the technical sophistication of our products, the global recognition of our brands for quality, and the appeal of our creative industries.
Passage of Customs Reauthorization legislation in 2011 remains a top priority for the GIPC this year.