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Customs Law and Intellectual Property Rights - April 17, 2013 in Portland

On April 17, 2013, Richard M. Wortman will be presenting Customs Law and Intellectual Property Rights before the Columbia River Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association at the Portland Sheraton Airport Hotel.  The seminar will take place from 9:00 am through 11:30 am and will be followed by lunch.  The flyer describing the event may be found on the Association’s website - http://crcbfa.org/media/p/1009.aspx.  Please RSVP to Becky Watkins, Education Chair of the Columbia River Association at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

   

Duty Refund Opportunity for Importers of Certain Apparel and Footwear

On March 31, 2011, the Court of International Trade (“CIT”) designated a new “test” case contesting the duty rates assessed on importations of certain apparel and footwear items. The basis for the claim is that the duty rates for one gender are higher than the duty rates for the other gender for the same category of goods. The contention is that it is unconstitutional to have such a distinction based on gender. (e.g. women’s leather upper footwear is dutiable at 10% where as men’s leather upper footwear is dutiable at 8.5%). The litigation of the new test case is likely to determine the outcome of all other pending gender cases.

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CBP PROPOSING TO SHARE C-TPAT RECORDS

 

In recent Federal Register Notices (78 Fed. Reg. 15889 and 78 Fed. Reg. 15962, dated March 13, 2013), the Department of Homeland Security simultaneously issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and a Notice of Privacy Act System of Records concerning information gathered in connection with the Customs – Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (“C-TPAT”).

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New Trademark Protections Offered by CBP

Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) has upgraded their trademark protection tools for importers. In the past, an importer could record their trademarks with CBP to obtain protection of their mark. The recording of a trademark with CBP helps the agency to police the importation of infringing goods. CBP recently added a new function to its Intranet, and permits importers to provide their Product Identification Guides for upload to CBP’s Intellectual Property Rights internal Search system (IPRiS).

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Frank J. Desiderio will serve on a panel at the 2013 International Trade Update CLE at Georgetown Law Center

On March 1, 2013, Frank Desiderio will be a panelist at the Georgetown's Law Center's International Trade Update.  He will participate in a panel discussion relating to "Customs Seizure and Forfeiture Process and Protests of Post-Entry Audits."  Additional information about this program is available at: http://www.law.georgetown.edu/continuing-legal-education/programs/cle/international-trade-update/

   

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