By: Special to The Laredo Sun
In the enforcement action, CBP officers at World Trade Bridge selected a shipment of jeans for an enforcement examination. In the course of their examination, CBP officers and import specialists discovered possible infringement of the Levi, Strauss and Co.
design trademark, which is trademark recorded with CBP. CBP’s Intellectual and Property Rights branch in Washington conducted a review and determined that the jeans bore a mark that was substantially indistinguishable from the Levi, Strauss and Co.
registered design trademark and the shipment was found to be counterfeit. CBP subsequently seized 96 boxes containing 2,850 pairs of jeans. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price, had the trademarks been genuine, was $193,800.
CBP’s vigilant enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights protects America’s businesses against the threat of unfair and illicit competition from foreign companies and prevents goods that may be dangerous to consumers or national security from entering the United States.
“I applaud the vigilance and tenacity of our CBP officers and import specialists who detected a possible IPR violation and upon further review were able to stop a shipment of nearly $200,000 in counterfeit jeans from entering the U.S.
and undercutting the legitimate registered trademark holder,” said Sidney Aki, CBP port director, Laredo Port of Entry.
- GOF (gripey old fart)by Bob Wilson, 24/06/2012 07:57
Way to go Customs guys. Counterfeit everythings have flooded the market for 40 years that I know of. In the eighties I used to spend a weekend at the race track in Nuevo Laredo every month.
During this time I had put some money into a Calvin Klein jeans outlet scam. I wore my Calvin Kleins to the track proudly - only to find out that even the horse exercise boys and the ones who walk the dogs were wearing Kleins also.
Theirs were counterfeit and so were the ones I was trying to sell through the "outlet" scam.
Since then that market has virtually destroyed the jeans business in the U.S. I cite the fine Dickies brand which provided employment for thousands of American workers.
Levi Strauss and others . This is not inteded to be all sour grapes but I remember well when I could buy one pair of Levis ($3.75) per year,wear them for 3 or 4 years and then make swimming shorts out of them.