President Bush signed the "Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act" (H.R. 32) at a White House ceremony on March 16, 2006 to strengthen U.S. laws to combat the counterfeiting of goods. The bill is designed to attack counterfeiting in two ways: it closes a loophole allowing the importation of falsified labels or packaging material shipped separately without product (presumably to be attached later to counterfeited goods shipped separately to the US), and it requires courts to order the destruction of all counterfeit products seized in a criminal investigation as well as requiring convicted counterfeiters to turn over their profits and any equipment used in their operations. To view the Customs press release follow this link to U.S Customs and Border Protection.
April 04, 2006