The Import Specialist Enforcement Team at U.S. Customs & Border Protection’s Port of Entry in Laredo, Tex., seized a commercial shipment of jeans valued at $193,800 that was discovered to infringe on the Levi Strauss & Co. trademark, the agency said Friday.
In the enforcement action, CBP officers at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo selected a shipment of jeans for an examination and discovered possible infringement of the Levi’s trademark, which is recorded with the agency. CBP’s Intellectual & Property Rights branch in Washington conducted a review and determined that the jeans bore a mark that was substantially indistinguishable from the Levi’s registered design trademark and the shipment was found to be counterfeit. CBP subsequently seized 96 boxes containing 2,850 pairs of jeans. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price, had the trademarks been genuine, was $193,800.
CBP’s vigilant enforcement of IPR protects America’s businesses against the threat of unfair and illicit competition from foreign companies and prevents goods that may be dangerous to consumers or national security from entering the U.S., the agency said.