Practice Areas

Anti-Counterfeiting Law

Counterfeiting is growing at an exponential rate, particularly over the internet. Threats to brands include not only lost sales, but more importantly erosion of brand equity. GBC helps brands solve counterfeiting problems in the US, abroad and on the internet. We provide innovative solutions that have significant impact on the bad guys.

Anti-counterfeiting legal strategies, enforcement and remedies


  

Counterfeit goods present significant and growing challenges for brand owners in the global economy. Trademark and copyright infringement occurs worldwide in both mature and emerging markets. Counterfeiting often has an international scope, with China being a particularly popular location for counterfeit manufacture.

Greer, Burns & Crain provides legal strategies and enforcement efforts that provide worldwide brand protection. Whether you are a small or large company, our attorneys understand your business needs and will develop an efficient, affordable and effective program for protecting your brand from counterfeiters.

GBC is highly skilled in tracking down and punishing the manufacturers of counterfeit goods and those who knowingly market them.

GBC has a long track record of successfully working with law enforcement agencies and investigators around the world to conduct raids that have resulted in the seizure of hundreds of thousands of counterfeit products.

GBC attorneys have significant experience litigating against counterfeiters, and our investigations and legal actions have resulted in many favorable financial settlements for our clients.

GBC legal services relating to counterfeiting include:

ONLINE ENFORCEMENT

The Internet plays an increasing role in distribution of counterfeit products. GBC has an industry leading legal practice group dedicated to online enforcement of intellectual property rights, and offers innovative and cost-effective counterfeit website takedown services. We are also experienced at addressing online counterfeit merchandise enforcement issues on an international basis.

Leading worldwide investigations and conducting raids to seize counterfeit merchandise
Our efforts against counterfeiters are not limited to the United States. Working from our Chicago base, GBC has an established international network of investigators and attorneys for identifying counterfeiters and taking legal and other enforcement actions against them. GBC attorneys have organized hundreds of investigations and raids in the Unites States, China, and Europe that have resulted in the seizure of hundreds of thousands of counterfeit products.

Facilitating United States and foreign customs training that results in the seizure of counterfeit products
We know how to use law enforcement to protect our clients against counterfeiters. Effective anti-counterfeit programs often utilize customs and law enforcement authorities around the world to enforce brand owners’ rights. GBC attorneys have substantial experience working with law enforcement and customs authorities internationally to protect clients’ brands.

Litigating against counterfeiters in United States Federal Courts
We know how to punish counterfeiters in court. Effective counterfeit enforcement often includes litigation. Title 15 of the Unite States Code calls for damages of up to $2 million dollars for counterfeiting. GBC has brought numerous such lawsuits in the United States and has obtained significant judgments for clients.

GBC stays at the forefront of the constantly evolving legal framework for counterfeit enforcement worldwide, and our attorneys are active members of leading anti-counterfeiting organizations including the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC) and International Trademark Association (INTA).