IP Buzz - May 2012

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In this issue:

- CBP Adds a New Tool to its Anti-Counterfeit Arsenal: New Rule Brings IP Rights Holders into Preseizure Investigative Process

- The Trend In Top Brands — Use More Inventive Naming

- Examining the Risks Associated with Corporate Social Media Use

- Court Denies Class Action in Continuity Product Case

- Made in U.S.A: Time for a Change?

- Top 12 Tips for Saving Money in Litigation

- Venable ranked on The AmLaw 100 2012 list

- Justin Pierce quoted in Star News Online on counterfeiting of everyday goods

- Joshua Kaufman quoted in the ABA Journal magazine in article on the exploding topic of termination of music rights

- Ten Best Practices for Protecting Your Nonprofit’s Intellectual Property

- Getting Your Fair Share: How to Prevent Royalty Underpayments

An excerpt from "CBP Adds a New Tool to its Anti-Counterfeit Arsenal: New Rule Brings IP Rights Holders into Pre-seizure Investigative Process"

Tuesday, April 24, 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) issued a new Interim Rule that, effective immediately, enhances the effectiveness of its anti-counterfeit operations. 77 Fed. Reg. 24,375. The rule amends 19 C.F.R. Part 133 and authorizes CBP field agents, subject to certain limitations, to share information with Intellectual Property (“IP”) rights holders in order to assist CBP in determining whether merchandise bears a “counterfeit mark.” The revisions also include a clarification to CBP’s definition of “counterfeit trademark” for consistency in enforcement.

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Published In: Civil Procedure Updates, Communications & Media Updates, Intellectual Property Updates, International Trade Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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