Surprisingly Good Ways Of Stopping Foreign Imports Using Your US Patent

By: Michael J Foycik Jr.
Sept 5, 2019
The author is a patent attorney with over 28 years experience in patents and trademarks. For further information, please email at, or call at 877-654-3336.

The number one concern of many companies with new products is how to stop foreign copies from entering the US.  The good news, this is easy for US Patent owners, and there are two ways this can operate.

The most surprising way is using the US Customs Service to block suspected infringers.  To do this, you will need an order from the Customs Service.  Once you have that, Customs does the real work.  The catch here is, the US company will have to prove it makes the goods itself in the US.  So, two foreign companies cannot easily avail themselves of this privilege.

Customs can confiscate infringing goods, and may even turn over those goods to the US patent owner.  If specific infringers can be pointed out to Customs, which is often the case, those infringers  can be targeted by Customs.

The second way is more obvious: using the US Patent rights.  There is an easy way to do this, and a harder way.  The easier way is sending a copy of the US Patent to retailers and other companies selling the infringing product; most will quickly deal with the situation, usually by simply removing the infringing products.  After all, retailers do not want trouble, and can avoid it by fleeing from patent disputes.  The author has seen this several times, and it is surprisingly effective.