Presidential Memorandum on Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated GoodsCombating trafficking in counterfeits
On April 3, the President directed the Secretary of Homeland Security to report on the state of counterfeit and pirated goods trafficking with recommendations for curtailing that trafficking. The report will
1) analyze how online third-party marketplaces (such as Amazon, eBay, etc.) are used to facilitate importing and selling counterfeit and pirated goods;
2) evaluate how third-party marketplaces and enforcement agencies can detect and stop counterfeits sales and importation, including the use of technology; and
3) identify what guidance agencies may provide to marketplaces and what changes to government data collection practices will advance enforcement and information sharing efforts.
The President also directed the Secretary of Homeland Security, in cooperation with the Secretary of Commerce and with other agencies, to “consult with intellectual property rights holders, third-party intermediaries, and other stakeholders.” To that end, the Department of Commerce has published a Federal Register Notice containing details for how stakeholders can provide input and recommendations. A link to the Federal Register Notice can be found at Stopfakes.gov:
Download Federal Register Notice
Stakeholder comments are due on or before July 29, and the report is due to the President at the end of October, with a public version of the report to follow in late November.