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Puerto Rico customs seize counterfeit merchandise
Published on August 15, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) San Juan field operations officers and import specialists this past weekend seized various courier consignments that contained counterfeit speakers, car beepers, iPhone parts, cell phone front screens, USB cables and wrist-watches.

Various consignments inspected by CBP officers at the San Juan Air Cargo facility, revealed products that infringed the intellectual property rights of Dr Dre beats, Pandora, Samsung, BMW, Belkin and Disney trademarks. The products were shipped from vendors in China and Hong Kong.

The internet has made it easy to find and purchase items from almost anywhere in the world. With a high demand for well-known brands, many online vendors sell counterfeit products online, infringing on various trademark holder’s rights and revenues.

“The trade in these illegitimate goods is associated with smuggling and other criminal activities, and often funds criminal enterprises”, stated area port director Juan Hurtado. “Protecting intellectual property rights (IPR) remains a CBP priority trade issue.”
 
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