Trademark and Copyright Advisory: Imported Goods: A "Gray" Area in Intellectual Property

Under certain circumstances, trademark and copyright owners have the right to control the distribution of their products for sale in different markets. Generally, distribution is controlled, at least initially, through a variety of licenses and grants of rights that flow from the original rights holder to both domestic and international manufacturers and distributors. As such, the rights holder relies on contractual restrictions with their manufacturers and distributors to ensure that the product is being sold within legitimate sales channels.

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