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Counterfeiting and Grey Market Merchandise Services
Trade in counterfeit goods and other violations of intellectual property rights have existed since the birth of commerce, but its prevalence in the international marketplace has exploded in recent years. Corporate boardrooms around the world are addressing means to effectively meet this ever increasing menace to legitimate business interests.
Countryman & McDaniel, Attorneys at Law and its "Cargo Law Network," through proven processes will assist in identifying the counterfeiters through a review of the documents involved in the shipment of counterfeit goods.
Our combined efforts successfully assist corporate legal departments and/or their outside counsel track the importation of counterfeit goods and identify the individuals and/or entities involved in the transactions and supply chain.
Our staff and principals are very familiar from many years of hands-on experience in trade and transportation systems, as well as the accompanying documentation necessary to identify the culprits. Our trained personnel provide both the research required, as well as availability of expert witnesses, all necessary to the successful identity and prosecution of counterfeiters.
Our team of experts is able to determine through careful analysis of the documents and circumstances involving each shipment at a minimum the following:
Patterns in the use of commodity descriptions
Improper use of the marks and numbers
Use of feeder vessels coming from countries not in the normal trade for the particular product investigated
Payment of freight by a method not consistent with the normal trade in that particular commodity
Unusual shipper and consignee designations
Attempts to avoid Customs inspections through various means
Bogus shell companies and organizations as shippers or manufacturers
Unusual patterns in the actual shipment of the goods
Identification of and alert to supply chain partners which are unlikely to know about the existence of the counterfeiters or the counterfeit goods as they are merely "paper intermediaries"
Further information concerning services and qualifications are gladly available on request.
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