Jan 19, 2021

Additional Restrictions on Imports from Xinjiang

Imports from China

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) is moving aggressively to prevent the importation of Chinese goods suspected of having been made with forced labor. Effective January 13, 2021, CBP, pursuant to a Withhold Release Order, will detain cotton and tomato products produced in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region at all U.S. ports of entry. This Withhold Release Order is intended to enforce federal law prohibiting the importation of products produced in whole or in part by convict, forced, or indentured labor. 19 U.S.C. § 1307. CBP’s Withhold Release Order is the latest in a series of U.S. measures targeting products… Read more

Oct 24, 2018

Border Protection for U.S. Intellectual Property

Border Control for counterfeit products

While the country is embroiled in heated political debate involving immigration and the appropriate means by which to protect U.S. borders, few if any disagree that many U.S. intellectual property owners are being swamped by infringing goods, counterfeits and knock-offs from other countries. Other than the U.S. district courts where infringement cases are often instituted, the combined powers of the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”), a bureau of the Department of Homeland Security, can be powerful allies for intellectual property owners seeking to protect their intellectual property from infringing imports. The ITC… Read more