FDRA FIGHTS FOR GREATER IP PROTECTIONS FOR U.S. FOOTWEAR INDUSTRY AS COUNTERFEITS AND SEIZURES SURGE
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Posted by: NSRA
Washington, DC (March 1, 2016) – Matt Priest, President of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA), testified today on behalf of the footwear industry regarding the need for increased global footwear intellectual property (IP) protections before a special U.S. government committee. The committee was headed by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and included representatives from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Departments of Justice, Labor, Commerce, State and Homeland Security among others. The committee will use information gathered from the hearing to identify nations failing to provide adequate patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret protections.
"Our member companies devote significant resources to develop cutting-edge performance products and to protect the value of their brands. These efforts support thousands of American jobs – jobs that are put at risk by counterfeiting and piracy,” Priest stated during the hearing. Calling for the U.S. government to take all actions necessary to protect footwear innovations, designs, brands and images worldwide, Priest emphasized, “Seizures of counterfeit footwear increased by 356% during the latest three-year reporting period, and footwear went from being the twelfth most-seized product for IP violations in the world to the sixth – a stunning increase over a three year period.”
You can access FDRA's full comments here with data, analysis and country breakdowns of footwear IP issues: http://fdra.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Special-301-Comments-FDRA-Feb-5-16.pdf
For more information on the Special 301 process please visit https://ustr.gov/issue-areas/intellectual-property/Special-301
FDRA is the footwear industry’s voice in Washington. It represents over 130 footwear companies and 200 brands, or 80% of total U.S. footwear sales, making it America’s largest and most respected footwear trade association.