Intellectual Property- Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015

Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015

Earlier this year, the Senate passed important legislation called the Trade Facilities and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (the “Act”), which includes provisions that enhance intellectual property enforcement and protection.  For example, the Act established a National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center within the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) department which, among other things, will coordinate important investigations into purported intellectual property infringement to curb the production and distribution of “fake” and counterfeit products from abroad.  The Act expands on protections that are currently available within ICE and should help curb the rampant import of counterfeit goods.