The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reports that more than 11 million maritime containers arrived at American seaports during the DHS 2015 fiscal year. Another 10 million containers crossed land borders via truck, while an additional 3 million containers arrived via train. Another 250 million packages shipped through the air also entered the U.S. These high numbers make it a daunting task for government officials to stop the importation of imitation and counterfeit goods, which cost American companies up to $250 billion annually and are directly responsible for the loss of 750,000 U.S. jobs.
Imitation and counterfeit goods attempt to piggyback on the goodwill that has been built over time by your company. Counterfeiters can do this in several different ways – one of which is simply copying forgings and/or forging methods. In some instances, your products and processes may enjoy federal protection through patents, trademarks or trade dress. In those cases, counterfeiters may be copying the structure claimed by a patented forging or forging machine; copying the manufacturing method claimed in a patent; or copying a trademark or trade dress to convince customers that the counterfeited good is actually your forged product.