Donations of Technology and Support Services to Enforce Intellectual Property Rights

This document proposes amendments to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations pertaining to the enforcement of intellectual property rights. Specifically, CBP is proposing amendments to implement a section of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 which requires CBP to prescribe regulatory procedures for the donation of technologies, training, or other support services for the purpose of assisting CBP in intellectual property enforcement. The proposed regulations would enhance CBP’s intellectual property rights enforcement capabilities. …

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White House panel urges U.S. defense of clout in high-end chip market – Reuters

A blue-ribbon presidential panel on science recommended on Friday that the United States take steps to defend its dominance of the high-end semiconductor market against a stiff Chinese challenge. …

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Drugs, Guns, and Fake Kicks: Inside the Counterfeit EconomyComplex

Dec 21, 2016 As Bruce Foucart, director of U.S. Homeland Security’s National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, tells Complex, Cherif Kouachi funded his cache through the sale of counterfeit luxury goods on the streets of Paris. “That’s a direct link,” Foucart says. “The sale of counterfeit goods went into buying these guns.” …

New enforcement effort targets dangerous electronics – Operation Surge Protector

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – with support from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) – have launched an initiative targeting the illegal importation and distribution of counterfeit consumer electronics known to present health and safety hazards by overheating, igniting, and causing severe injuries and extensive property damage. …

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U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced

The Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) released the 2017-2019 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement. This document charts the course for work to be carried over the next three years by the federal government—with opportunities for state and local governments, foreign governments, and the private sector—in support of a strong policy environment for intellectual property enforcement. ….

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FAR / DFARS Case Update (20 Dec 2016)

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FAR / DFARS Case Update (12 Dec 2016)

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NDAA 2017 to further amend S818 of NDAA2012

The House approved S.2943, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. S.2943 includes language to further amend the original counterfeit part legislation by eliminating use of the term ‘trusted supplier‘.

A copy of the conference report is available here.

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