The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA) commended the U.S. House of Representatives for passing "The Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act" (H.R. 32) earlier this week. AAIA has endorsed the tough anti-counterfeiting provisions contained in the measure and has been working hard to generate support for the measure in Congress.
According to an AAIA news release, the bill would increase the penalties for criminals who distribute counterfeit products by closing existing loopholes in federal law and granting trademark owners similar remedies already provided to copyright and trade secret owners. In addition, H.R. 32 would add mandatory destruction provisions to the trademark law to help put the criminals out of business and clarify that it is illegal for counterfeiters to sell counterfeit versions of the trademarks themselves on labels, patches and medallions, for use by others who affix them to counterfeit products.
"Counterfeiting poses a significant threat to the economy of the United States and the automotive aftermarket industry, as well as undermining the welfare, security and safety of our citizens," said Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA president and CEO. "We salute Congressman Joe Knollenberg, R- Mich., the bill's sponsor, for his tireless efforts to move this important legislation through the House of Representatives."
For more information on H.R. 32, contact Stephanie Salmon at 301-654-6664.
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