Some trademarks on imported items are fakes or unauthorized copies of federally registered trademarks. Such imports pose a threat to the American economy, companies' ability to compete, and, in some cases, the customers' health and safety.
Consider making an application to report your trademark registration with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) if the goods produced by your company are possible targets for overseas counterfeiters (e.g., if they are well-known or in great demand). If imported items infringe on your registered brand, CBP can detain and seize the goods by recording your trademark registration. An important instrument used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to safeguard intellectual property rights at the border is the recordation procedure.
When registering with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, you must:
- Possess an officially recognized trademark - Your logo needs to be listed on the Principal Register. For use on goods, it needs to be registered.
- Request to be recorded - You have the option of applying online or on paper. Utilize U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Intellectual Property Rights Recordation system to submit an electronic application.
- Pay the application cost - You must pay a fee to U.S. Customs and Border Protectionin order to record your trademark registration.
- Apply for renewal on a regular basis - You must submit a renewal application and pay the associated renewal costs to the United States Patent and Trademark Office on a regular basis to retain your recordation.
In order to help CBP's efforts to detain and seize counterfeit goods before they reach consumers, trademark owners who register with U.S. Customs and Border Protection frequently offer information to them regarding approved manufacturers and importers as well as suspected unlawful shipments.