Suggest a process that, if adopted, can ensure that a company's products are not copied? Customs and Border Protection...

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

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Your question seems to concern international protection of intellectual property rights (though your source opened too many article possibilities to be sure). What you need to know--which you can apply to clothing designers of your choice and according to your own understanding--is what options are available for intellectual property rights protection in an international global market.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), copying and pirating of goods is a massive illegal undertaking that, as of 2013, is most prevalently practiced in China and most prevalently seen in handbags and wallets. Currently, the "expansion of online commerce" poses the greatest, newest portal for marketing of copied and pirated goods. The CBP states that international websites are "increasingly the front end or entry point" to illegal international "supply chain" of copied or pirated goods.

Thus one strategy a company might instigate is a continual security scan of Internet websites for copied goods or pirated goods. Any suspected finds would then be reported to the CBP and/or to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE). Another strategy would be to incorporate copyrighted or patented distinctive insignia, like the Coach brand uses, to make identification of copied or pirated goods more certain.