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Counterfeiting Bill Heads to White House

(Akron/Tire Review) The House of Representatives passed the “Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act,” which would allow the government to seize not only counterfeit goods, but manufacturing equipment, as well.


The bill, passed by the Senate last month, now goes to President Bush for his signature.


“We are very pleased that this important legislation has now passed both Houses of Congress,” said MEMA president and CEO Bob McKenna. “Passage of the Act was a very high priority on our legislative agenda to our brand protection initiative for automotive aftermarket.”
The “Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act,” extends federal seizure authority to include not only the infringing product, but also the tooling, equipment and supplies used to produce and traffic counterfeit goods and criminalizes production of stickers, tags boxes or other items used to traffic fake products.


The bill also expands the current definition of trafficking to include the import or export counterfeit goods and makes it illegal to barter counterfeit goods.


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