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Protecting Against Counterfeit Goods: Practical solutions that Work Abroad

Monday, December 2, 2013 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


This program will explore how the practical difficulties of combating counterfeiting have contributed to a slowly-shifting legal landscape where intermediaries such as online marketplaces, search engines, payment processors, and advertisers are shouldering increasing responsibility to avoid trafficking in counterfeit materials.  As direct legal action against counterfeiters is many times not a realistic option, rights owners have come to rely on the dispute resolution mechanisms of intermediary companies and the threat of contributory infringement to try and achieve the same results
In addition to discussing the impact of some of the landmark contributory infringement cases such as Tiffany v. eBay and Viacom v. YouTube/Google, the program will look at other tools available to combat counterfeiting, such as prejudgment asset restraints and the broad remedial measures courts have been willing to impose on counterfeiters in recent years.  In a number of cases, courts have awarded sweeping injunctive relief to try and give rights owners practical relief against online counterfeiters who can otherwise easily evade liability.


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Jennifer Jones


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