The U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement was only published two months ago, but there are already encouraging signs of progress on the global brand protection front between the U.S. and China. On August 2nd, Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court ruled, for the first time, in favor of a company protecting its trade secrets against misappropriation by a former employee. The industry-friendly decision came just two days after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the seizure of more than 243,000 counterfeit consumer electronics, resulting from a successful joint enforcement operation with China, often considered the world’s most prolific violator of intellectual property rights (IPR).
The CBP seizure also represents an important first, as the inaugural joint effort between CBP and the General Administration of Customs for the People’s Republic of China (GACC). GACC’s Vice Minister, Zou Zhiwu, noted that the results are “very inspiring and have consolidated our confidence and resolve to jointly fight” IPR violations. The agencies seized goods bearing counterfeit Apple, Blackberry, Sony, Samsung and Beats by Dr. Dre trademarks. The joint operation also resulted in an arrest by local law enforcement in the New Orleans area of a U.S. citizen who repeatedly imported counterfeit headphones, which he then sold online. CBP warned that additional joint enforcement operations are planned.
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