Counterfeiting / Gray-market Goods
HULSEY PC lawyers know that intellectual property rights violations can come in a variety of forms including counterfeiting, trademark infringement, gray market, diversion, country of origin or non-compliant parts. These deceptions pose serious issues in a global marketplace where a company may never know its rights are being violated. Counterfeit products are at the forefront of these IP concerns. Any recognizable brand is at risk of being counterfeited, including clothing and handbags, music and movies, pharmaceuticals, and parts for automobiles and heavy duty trucks and equipment.
The global counterfeit problem is estimated at $600 billion per year, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the World Customs Organization in Interpol. As a result, the FBI has labeled counterfeiting as the “Crime of the 21st Century.”
Counterfeiting is not a victimless crime—counterfeiting steals desirable manufacturing jobs, destroys brand reputation of legitimate companies, poses product liability claims, and has been linked to organized crime and terrorist organizations.
HULSEY HUNT PC attorneys work closely with clients in assessing the impact of piracy, counterfeiting and diversion on their markets and customers. We help define and implement those strategies and tactics most appropriate for each client and help ensure tangible results. Whether in the form of seizures, settlements, injunctions, increased market share, heightened awareness, increased law enforcement activity or stronger IP laws and penalties, we are ready and willing to help our clients respond effectively to these situations.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row]