Enforcing Trademark Rights Against Gray Market Imports

A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, July 27, 2018

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This CLE webinar will provide guidance on addressing the challenges involved in enforcing trademark rights against gray market imports over the internet, including the gray market sale of products directly to U.S. consumers via foreign websites and on U.S. websites. The panel will examine the traditional means of preventing such sales and options to stop such sales through dealing directly with retailers, through U.S. Customs, and through copyright law.

Description

Gray market imports are goods that are lawfully produced by or on behalf of a trademark owner and are intended for sale outside the U.S., but imported into the U.S. for sale without the trademark owner’s consent. The unauthorized importation and sale of gray market goods is increasing and is resulting in billions of dollars in losses for U.S. companies.

One of the main challenges in enforcing trademark rights against gray market imports is the sale of gray market products directly to U.S. consumers over the internet, both via foreign web sites as well as on U.S. websites such as Amazon.

When trademarks are threatened by gray market goods, IP counsel must respond quickly to prevent the importation and sale of such goods within the U.S. Counsel have a variety of means to enforce trademark rights against gray market goods, including bringing infringement proceedings in the courts or the International Trade Commission. However, in some cases it may be quicker and more cost-effective to work with U.S. Customs to prevent the importation of gray market products, or to work with retailers to prevent the unauthorized sale of these goods within the United States. Some creative IP lawyers have also begun turning to copyright law to attempt to stem the flow of gray market goods in cases in which traditional trademark remedies may not be available.

Listen as our authoritative panel examines the challenges involved in enforcing trademark rights against gray market imports over the internet. The panel will examine the traditional means of preventing the importation and sale of these products as well as options to stop such sales through dealing directly with retailers, through U.S. Customs and through copyright law.

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Outline

  1. Challenges of enforcing trademark rights against gray market imports over the internet
  2. Traditional means of preventing sales of gray market products
  3. Dealing directly with retailers
  4. U.S. Customs
  5. Copyright law

Benefits

The panel will review these and other crucial issues:

  • Current trends in gray market imports over the internet
  • Strategies for policing trademarks to identify and stop importers and sellers
  • Steps for IP counsel to pursue legal action to protect trademark rights

Faculty

Maynard, Bryce
Bryce J. Maynard

Counsel
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Mr. Maynard focuses his practice in the area of trademark law. He has significant experience in trademark litigation,...  |  Read More

Pitts, Laura
Laura K. Pitts

Atty
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Ms. Pitts counsels clients on IP protection and enforcement strategies, manages clients’ global trademark...  |  Read More

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