Intellectual Property Rights

Secure Proactive Monitoring and Enforcement of Your IP Rights Through CBP’s Recordation Program

Do you have a trademark or copyright filed with the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO)? While registering your intellectual property (IP) with the U.S. government is necessary to protect against infringers, it is only half the battle. IP owners need to have robust monitoring processes in place to find and enforce against infringers. Fortunately, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can help you monitor for infringing merchandise at ports of entry through the CBP recordation program.

What is CBP Recordation? 

The purpose of recording a copyright or trademark with CBP is to partner with the agency to prevent the unauthorized import or export of merchandise which bears a recorded trademark or copyright. CBP has the authority to seize, detain, forfeit, and even destroy merchandise entering or leaving the U.S. if it infringes on a valid trademark or copyright that has been subsequently recorded with the agency.

Once a trademark or copyright is recorded with CBP, the owner’s information is entered into an electronic database accessible to over 60,000 U.S. Customs officers in the United States and overseas. CBP uses the information to target shipments and physically examine merchandise which ultimately prevents the importation or exportation of infringing goods. As of 2021, the number of active recordations with CBP is 20,756.

Gray Market Protection

Some IP owners may also be eligible for “gray market” protection, which pertains to genuine products bearing a trademark or brand name approved for use in a country outside the U.S. Gray market goods are different […]

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Customs Bulletin Update – Vol. 56, October 19, 2022, No. 41

Below is a recap for last week’s Custom’s Bulletin.

  • Revocation of three ruling letters, modification of one ruling letter, and revocation of treatment relating to the tariff classification of certain step stools
    • Pursuant to 19 U.S.C. § 1625(c)(1), CBP is revoking NY N294603, dated March 2, 2018, NY N196451, dated December 27, 2011, NY M84487, dated June 27, 2006, and modifying NY N235681, dated December 5, 2012, and revoking or modifying any other ruling not specifically identified to reflect the analysis contained in HQ H305377, set forth as an Attachment to this notice. Additionally, pursuant to 19 U.S.C. § 1625(c)(2), CBP is revoking any treatment previously accorded by CBP to substantially identical transactions.
    • It is now CBP’s position that a one-step step stool is classified according to its constituent material in heading 3924, if made of plastics or in heading 4421, if made of wood. Accordingly, pursuant to GRI’s 1 and 6, the plastic one-step step stools in NY N294603 and NY N196451 are classified in subheading 3924.90.56, which provides for “Tableware, kitchenware, other household articles and hygienic or toilet articles, of plastics: Other: Other”. The one-step step stool made of MDF in NY N235681 and the wooden step stool in NY M84487 are classified in subheading 4421.99.97, which provides for “Other articles of wood: Other: Other: Other: Other
  • Proposed modification of one ruling letter and proposed revocation of treatment relating to the tariff classification of paper face masks
    • Pursuant to 19 U.S.C. § 1625(c)(1), CBP is proposing to […]

U.S. Customs – Your Personal Policeman at the Border


Many companies mistakenly believe that registering a trademark or copyright with the U.S. Government provides sufficient protection and remedies. However, there is an additional step that can significantly enhance protection—recording trademarks or copyrights with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (U.S. Customs).  

This blog explores the distinct goals of these processes and the advantages of recording intellectual property with the U.S. Customs. 

I. Registering with USPTO and Recording with U.S. Customs: Different Goals

  • Registering with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) or U.S. Copyright Office gives public notice of ownership. 
  • Recording with U.S. Customs aims to prevent unauthorized importation of merchandise bearing the registered intellectual property. 
  • U.S. Customs serves as a critical partner in halting counterfeit and infringing products from entering or leaving the United States.

II. Benefits of Recording Trademarks or Copyrights with U.S. Customs

Seizure and Monitoring: 

  • U.S. Customs monitors and seizes infringing merchandise at ports of entry, alleviating the burden on trademark or copyright holders. 
  • This proactive approach eliminates the need to individually locate and prosecute every unauthorized importer, distributor, or retailer, safeguarding intellectual […]

Bloomberg: A Comparison of Customs IPR Protection in the U.S. & China

Diaz Trade Law is enthusiastic to announce Bloomberg Law published another one of our articles, “A Comparison of Customs IPR Protection in the U.S. & China“! We want to thank Wen Peng, trademark attorney of Chofn Intellectual Property for her contributions. Below is the article reproduced with permission for your reading pleasure. You can read the article here (where you’ll have the ability to access all of the great hyperlinks). Please note you cannot click on the hyperlinks below.

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