Jim Chester Speaks at State Bar of Texas Annual “Advanced IP” CLE

Dallas, Texas, 14 April 2014 – J. F. (Jim) Chester, founding partner in the Dallas-based business & innovation law firm of Chester & Jeter LLP recently presented a speech on the U.S. regulation of international technology transfers to a statewide audience of intellectual property attorneys at an event sponsored by the Intellectual Property Section of […]

Annual Report of Customs Seizures for IP Violations

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced the comprehensive results of counterfeit and pirated goods seized during fiscal year (FY) 2013. Under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), HSI and CBP are the agencies charged with the enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) […]

Black-Out Monday: 706 Web Sites Selling Counterfeit Merchandise Seized

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) teamed with 10 foreign law enforcement agencies to seize hundreds of domain names that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online to unsuspecting consumers. Seizures come as US consumers flock to the Web for Cyber Monday shopping deals. The 706 domain names seized were set up […]

Operation Double Vision Underway to Seize Counterfeit Decorative Contact Lenses

With Halloween rapidly approaching, federal officials are warning the public about the dangers associated with counterfeit decorative contact lenses. Decorative and colored lenses are becoming increasingly popular, especially around this time of year. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) […]

US Customs Collaborates with German Customs for Big Seizure

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced recently that 20,000 Zolpidem pills, a schedule IV controlled substance, have been seized thanks to a collaborative enforcement effort with the German Customs Investigations Bureau Zollkriminalamt. “Timely information from Zollkriminalamt and excellent targeting and coordination efforts by CBP’s Pharmaceuticals Center of Excellence and Expertise resulted in this significant interception, keeping these harmful […]

Destroyed: Illegally Imported and Unsafe Land Rover Defender

A Land Rover Defender, which U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized at the Baltimore seaport April 16 as an illegal and unsafe import, was destroyed in spectacular fashion at an undisclosed Maryland salvage yard recently. This Defender is one of dozens stopped in recent months at ports of entry in Philadelphia, Norfolk, Va., […]

CBP Intercepts Khapra Beetles at DFW Airport

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists stationed at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport recently intercepted Khapra beetles in personal effects from passengers arriving from Sudan and India. “CBP agriculture specialists remain vigilant in safeguarding our agriculture industry by preventing the introduction of invasive, harmful pests and plant diseases into the country,” said Houston […]

CBP Ensures Mother’s Day Bouquets Are Safe

With Mother’s Day celebrations this weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and agriculture specialists working at U.S. ports of entry are busy making sure that flower imports are free from insects, pests and diseases that could harm the agricultural and floral industries of the United States. “Travelers need to declare all items acquired in […]

Customs Targets Illegally Imported Land Rover Defender Vehicles

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is on the lookout for illegal imports of Land Rover Defender vehicles that do not meet federal safety standards, including the standard that requires airbags. This year, CBP has identified dozens of illegal shipments at various ports of entry across the United States, including Baltimore, Charleston, S.C., Jacksonville, Fla., and […]

Customs Seizes Thousands of Toasters with Counterfeit Safety Markings

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and import specialists assigned to the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport complex seized 14,904 toasters bearing counterfeit Underwriters Laboratories (UL) safety markings. “This is yet another example of CBP officers’ vigilance in preventing potentially dangerous counterfeit appliances from reaching American consumers,” said Todd C. Owen, CBP director of field […]