INTA Engages Department of Homeland Security During Congressional Briefing on Anticounterfeiting

Published: March 15, 2020

INTA and the Global Innovation Policy Center of the United States Chamber of Commerce collaborated with the Congressional Trademark Caucus to host a Congressional Briefing on February 28, in Washington D.C. With a focus on anticounterfeiting, the event was also an opportunity to discuss the January 2020 report
of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS), Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods. The briefing was standing room only, with a good mix of key Congressional staff, along with federal agency and private sector stakeholders in attendance.

In a keynote address, Scott Glabe, Assistant Secretary for Trade & Economic Security in the Office of Policy at DHS, summarized the research process and drafting of the agency’s report. As a stakeholder involved in the process, last year INTA submitted comments to the DHS and participated in roundtables to provide relevant information to the agency.

Mr. Glabe noted the DHS’s commitment to work with all stakeholders in addressing counterfeiting issues, and the need for government collaboration, industry cooperation, and consumer education. He announced that his agency will be hosting another series of industry roundtables to shed light on new government programs, and noted that the DHS will likely be issuing additional Federal Register notices. Further, Mr. Glabe discussed the need for the DHS to work with all parties involved in product supply chains, including shippers, e-commerce platforms, and consumers to combat the production and sale of counterfeit products.

INTA’s Washington, D.C., Representative Office represents the Association’s 2,361 members in North America. Working in collaboration with staff at INTA’s headquarters in New York City, the Washington, D.C., Representative Office leads the Association’s policy, membership, marketing, and communications initiatives in Canada and the United States. To learn more about INTA’s activities in the region, please contact INTA Director of Government Relations Jennifer McDowell at [email protected].

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