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Lawyers react to US plans to strengthen design patent enforcement

Rani Mehta, New York

In-house and private practice lawyers say that proposed legislation could help companies fight counterfeiters and enforce design patents, though others say the bill raises prior art concerns

Lawyers say that if the Counterfeit Seizure Goods Act of 2019 comes into effect, companies will need to educate US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) about their design patents in order for the agency to catch infringers. ...

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