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Counterfeit Goods/Trademark Infringement

There has been a recent rise in the prosecution of individuals manufacturing, possessing, and or selling counterfeit goods, also known as trademark infringement. The "merchandise" is often belts, wallets, purses, and other fashion accessories but can encompass any kind of good. The crux of this issue is whether the goods contained a counterfeit seal that is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Often times, one is investigated by a private investigation firm hired by the trademark brands.

Once the investigation company records an illegal transaction, they immediately forward the information to the local law enforcement agency to make an arrest or obtain a search warrant. If convicted, one can face substantial fines and restitution costs, often times exceeding $10,000.

Elements for Counterfeit Goods

In order for someone to be found guilty of manufacturing, sale, or possession for sale of counterfeit goods, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt:,

  1. Defendant was in possession of counterfeit goods
  2. While defendant was in possession, he or she intended to sell the counterfeit goods OR actually sold counterfeit goods OR manufactured counterfeit goods
  3. The counterfeit good(s) contained a seal registered with the U.S. Patent & Trademark office


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