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      How can US Customs Border patrol help me protect my IPR?

      I am having a problem with IPR being violated by someone outside the US and then shipping their violating product into the US. How can the US Customs Border help me protect my IPR?
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      The Customs Border patrol has set up border enforcement procedures to help stop the entry of infringed goods into the US and its marketplace. Now, it does not always work. If they miss something, here are some steps you can take.

      The first step is to record your federally registered trademark and copyright with the Customs Border Patrol. This is a fairly simple process. It can be done if, like in your case, you believe or have evidence that someone is already shipping something that violates your copyright into the US. It can also be done even if you do not think that someone has started to violate your copyright, but just want to prevent future violations down the road.

      Recording your IPR, copyright or trademark can be done at this website:

      https://apps.cbp.gov/e-recordations

      When you make this record with the Customs Border Patrol, you can also let them know if you have seen anything that suggests someone has been violating your copyright, IPR or trademark and importing it into the United States. If this is the case, you used also send an email to them, alerting them why you suspect someone is about to ship a product violating your IPR into the US. You should send it to this email address:

      *Visible to qualifying WF members only*

      When you send this email, give them as much info as possible. You should definitely include any info that you have on this import coming into the US, like the port it is going to use to enter the US, the name and contact info of the importer, the date it is coming in, the vessel it is arriving into the US. All these things can be used by the Customs Border Patrol to help catch the product that you suspect is infringing on your copyright.
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      Do you know how often Customs Border Patrols are likely to stop incoming products that infringe on my IPR? I mean, does it leak like a sieve or do they catch them most of the time?

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      Well, there are no definitive statistics on exactly how many things infringing on business’s IPR get into the US (if they knew exactly how much was coming in, they would probably be able to stop it). But by most estimates, the customs border patrol is pretty good at stopping things from getting into the United States. I mean, when you shop, you are going to be hard pressed to find things that violate IPR, like pirated DVDs. Most of these things are stopped on the border because of the good work that customs does.

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