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President Trump’s Continued Focus on Counterfeit Goods

On Oct. 13, President Donald Trump signed a “Memorandum on Stopping Counterfeit Trafficking on E-Commerce Platforms Through Fines and Civil Penalties.”[1] This memorandum builds on his prior Jan. 31 executive order, discussed in the first article of this series, on the increased focus in 2020 on combating the sale of counterfeit goods. The president’s latest … Continue Reading

The Legislative Branch’s Answer to Stopping Counterfeit Goods: The SHOP SAFE Act

This post is the second in our ongoing series on the heightened focus in 2020 on combating the sale of counterfeit goods. Our first article focused on the actions of the executive branch, while this article discusses the actions of the legislative branch in the fight against the sale of counterfeit goods. In early March, … Continue Reading

US Government Cracks Down on Counterfeits in 2020

Combating counterfeit goods has become a serious focus of the U.S. government in 2020. This article is the first in an ongoing series about the actions being taken in this fight and the implications for e-commerce platforms and companies seeking to protect their brands from the threat of counterfeit goods. The U.S. Department of Homeland … Continue Reading

Oh! Mega Liability for Landlords Under Second Circuit’s Recent Trademark Infringement Ruling in Omega SA v. 375 Canal LLC

In March 2019, after a seven-year-long legal battle, a Manhattan jury found defendant landlord 375 Canal LLC contributorily liable for trademark counterfeiting and infringement and awarded Omega SA statutory damages of $1.1 million ($275,000 for each mark infringed).[1] In the suit, plaintiff Omega claimed that the Canal Street landlords knew about, had reason to know … Continue Reading
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