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The Licensing Journal: Using Customs to Stop Counterfeiters

Articles / May 1, 2010

Cleveland partner Deborah A. Wilcox authored an article in the May 2010 edition of The Licensing Journal, a publication focusing on issues of interest to the intellectual property and entertainment sectors.

In “Using Customs to Stop Counterfeiters,” Wilcox explained that “[a]ny successful character property will be knocked off by counterfeiters around the world,” but that “customs officials in any given country are the first line of attack for countering infringing imports and exports.”

The article then offered a number of ways in which character licensors can work with customs officials in the United States and abroad to identify and deal with counterfeit goods as they are imported.

“Although customs officials may have limited resources, if character licensors arm them with the information needed to protect trademarks and copyrights, and act timely when contacted by customs to confirm that the goods should be seized, this can be one of the easiest and most cost-effective means of dealing with the international counterfeiting crisis, container load by container load,” Wilcox concluded.

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