The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has called on Congress to appropriate funds to implement programs authorized to combat counterfeiting that were contained in The Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act (Public Law 110-403), also known as PRO-IP, which was approved last year.
The new law not only promotes coordination among domestic and foreign
government agencies, but also brings focused law enforcement resources
to bear on anti-counterfeiting efforts.
According to NEMA board chair, Stuart Thorn, these provisions are vital
to domestic electrical manufacturers. “It is critical that Congress
begin funding the PRO-IP programs so that the U.S. does not fall
further behind in fighting anti-counterfeiting. The domestic extension
cord industry, for example, has disappeared because of unfair
competition from substandard, counterfeit electrical cords that falsely
contain certification marks,” he said.
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