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New GAO Report on Counterfeit Goods

The Government Accountability Office today issued a new report entitled “GAO-20-692 Intellectual Property: CBP Has Taken Steps to Combat Counterfeit Goods in Small Packages but Could Streamline…

New GAO Report on Counterfeit Goods

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New GAO Report on Counterfeit Goods
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The Government Accountability Office today issued a new report entitled “GAO-20-692 Intellectual Property: CBP Has Taken Steps to Combat Counterfeit Goods in Small Packages but Could Streamline Enforcement.”

According to the GAO, “…counterfeiters sometimes post photos of authentic goods on e-commerce sites, but then fill orders with fakes. These counterfeit goods infringe on intellectual property rights, and can harm the U.S. economy and threaten consumer safety. U.S. Customs and Border Protection and European customs officials are trying to combat the increasing numbers of small packages containing counterfeit goods that are being sent directly to consumers. But CBP officials said the seizure and forfeiture processes that U.S. law requires are time and resource intensive. We recommended that CBP develop a more streamlined approach to enforcement in this area.”

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