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DC Bar & GIPC: Federal & State Enforcement of Trademark Rights

April 28, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:15 pm EDT

Counterfeiting is the largest criminal enterprise measured at $509 billion dollars by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

A new and informative class, on Wednesday, April 28, 2020, will explore the sophisticated nature of internet-enabled counterfeiting crimes and scams as well as tactics for establishing evidence in trademark counterfeiting criminal cases with successful case examples.

With many counterfeit products directly impacting the health and safety of consumers, trademark owners enforce their rights and attempt to recover damages and deter counterfeiters from future criminal acts. While federal enforcement of trademarks is the most commonly available remedy both for trademark owners and prosecutors, prioritization of resources necessitates exploration of state statutes to enforce trademark rights.

Criminals trading in counterfeit products are sadly thriving during the pandemic. Consumers have ramped up their online purchasing, benefitting from the ability to obtain goods and services they need from the safety of their own homes. At this vulnerable time for our citizens and our economy, the scourge of online illicit trade undermines the economic and consumer benefits of our digital economy imposing an unacceptable threat to the health and safety of our citizens and businesses. Fraudulent schemes and crimes have risen during this time.

Knowledgeable presenters will outline the significance of the global scope of physical counterfeiting, the criminal statutory framework prohibiting trademark counterfeiting, the use of state criminal trademark counterfeiting statutes, with specific references to D.C., Maryland, and Virginia statutes and evidentiary issues to obtain convictions.

This class is for practitioners within the intellectual property law field, including those with a focus on trademark and copyright law. Those in the private and public sectors, corporate practice, and the criminal field may also find it of interest.

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April 28, 2021
10:00 am - 12:15 pm EDT
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