Regulatory: Reconsidering IP enforcement in light of increased counterfeiting prosecutions

Counterfeit goods can be dangerous for consumers and damaging to companies

Intellectual property crimes are on the rise because they are highly lucrative and historically there has been little criminal enforcement activity. Recently, however, federal agencies have begun to increase their efforts to investigate and prosecute IP violators. From the IP holder’s perspective, stepped-up enforcement raises the question: Is it better to pursue civil remedies or actively work with law enforcement to protect products and brands?

Shifting perceptions of counterfeiting

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Michael Buchanan

Michael F. Buchanan is a Partner in the Litigation department at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, where he focuses on patent litigation and white...

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Frank Cavanagh

Frank A. Cavanagh is an associate in Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP’s Litigation department.

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