The Crime of Product Counterfeiting: A Legal Analysis of the Usage of State-Level Statutes

Chicago Kent Journal of Intellectual Property

Kari Kammel Esq., Brandon A. Sullivan PhD, and Lorryn P. Young

This legal analysis of the state-level trademark counterfeiting criminal enforcement framework in the United States (“U.S.”) scrutinizes the use and non-use of state statutes to prosecute and convict trademark counterfeiters.
Relying on state-level appellate court cases and conviction data, we found: (1) states inconsistently use and interpret criminal anticounterfeiting statutes across the U.S.; and (2) strategies for building evidence in trademark counterfeiting criminal cases are strongest when based on cooperation with the victim (trademark owner).


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