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Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act

Location: Washington, DC

STOP COUNTERFEITING IN MANUFACTURED GOODS ACT -- (House of Representatives - May 23, 2005)

Mr. GOODLATTE. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill (H.R. 32) to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide criminal penalties for trafficking in counterfeit marks, as amended.


Mr. GOODLATTE. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding me this time and bringing this legislation to the floor, and I especially want to commend the gentleman from Michigan (Mr. Knollenberg) for his persistence in this matter.

Several years ago I had an opportunity to bring forward legislation which passed the House and was signed into law by President Clinton which significantly increased the authority of the U.S. Customs Service to deal with this problem of counterfeit goods. Up until that time, when counterfeit goods were discovered by Customs inspectors, all they could do was refuse to allow them into the country.

What happened was they would simply bring them around to another port and try again. Eventually, they would succeed, or they would send them to another market in the world and wreak the havoc that these counterfeit goods do in terms of health and safety concerns and cost to businesses elsewhere in the world. That was changed so that now the Customs Service can seize and destroy these goods.

This is the next logical step to handling that. When the criminals bring these goods into the country and do not have the labels on them and escape liability because they have separated the labels from the counterfeit goods, that is obviously a loophole that needed to be plugged.

I commend the gentleman and the committee for offering this legislation. I urge my colleagues to adopt it.


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