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Nike, 3M Seek New Weapon in Battle Against Counterfeit Goods

  • Companies are pushing to enforce design patents at Customs
  • Proposed legislation would give new power to block imports
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Nike Inc. and 3M Co. are pressing Congress for more power to block imports of knockoffs at the U.S. border.

The companies are backing draft legislation that would give U.S. Customs and Border Protection the authority to seize goods believed to infringe patented designs. The proposal would extend to design patents the same protections given copyrighted and trademarked goods.