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06/14/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/14/2024 17:38

Grassley, Coons Promote Anti-Counterfeiting Awareness

06.14.2024

Grassley, Coons Promote Anti-Counterfeiting Awareness

WASHINGTON - Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Chris Coons (D-Del.), co-chairs of the Congressional Trademark Caucus, yesterday introduced a resolution designating July as National Anti-Counterfeiting and Consumer Education Awareness Month. The bipartisan effort aims to drive awareness of the economic value of trademarks and their role in protecting consumers.

"Counterfeits violate intellectual property rights, stifle innovation and threaten consumers' well-being," Grassley said. "I'm glad to promote this bipartisan effort to educate Americans on the importance of trademarks and the dangers of unsafe and unreliable knockoffs."

"Combating counterfeits doesn't just spur innovation by giving creators faith that their ideas will be protected; it also safeguards trust in our community, ensuring quality and performance, and keeps consumers safe," Coons said. "As Co-Chair of the Congressional Trademark Caucus, I'm committed to raising awareness for American consumers of the harms of counterfeit goods and the importance of trademarks to our intellectual property system."

Additional cosponsors include Sens. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii).

Read the full resolution HERE.

Background:

Grassley is a longtime advocate for consumer safety and intellectual property rights. Grassley's INFORM Consumers Act, which ensures transparency of third-party sellers in online retail marketplaces, was signed into law in 2021. Grassley also introduced legislation updating counterfeiting laws to meet the standards of modern counterfeiting tactics, as well as a resolution highlighting the dangers of counterfeit prescription drugs.

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