U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Request for Comment on Counterfeiting

Date: July 9, 2019

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Commerce will be publishing a notice in the Federal Register requesting comments from the public and stakeholders about the state of counterfeit goods being trafficked through third-party online marketplaces. Comments are due July 29, 2019. This notice is in response to the April White House Memorandum calling for The order requires the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, together with the departments of Commerce and Justice, to provide recommendations in 210 days on how to address the online sales of counterfeits through better monitoring and enforcement.

This week’s notice outlines a number of questions for consideration, including “How are your interests affected by counterfeit or pirated goods imported through online third-party marketplaces and other third-party intermediaries as those terms are defined in the Presidential Memorandum?” and “What policy remedies, including administrative, regulatory, or legislative changes by the Federal Government (including enhanced enforcement actions) could substantially reduce the trafficking in counterfeit and pirated goods and/or promote more effective law  enforcement regarding the trafficking in such goods?”

MEMA has long been a leader in policy discussions regarding counterfeit goods. As such, MEMA plans to submit comments to Commerce in response to this request for comment. If your company is impacted and you would like to participate in the development of these comments, please contact Catherine Boland as soon as possible.

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