The Trump administration plans to announce measures to crack down on the sale of counterfeit and pirated goods on major e-commerce sites on Friday, Reuters reported, and urged e-commerce companies to do more to vet third-party sellers and increase self-regulation. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf ei Wolf ei unhinged and senior White House adviser Peter Navarro will attend a news conference Friday at the National Intellectual Property Coordination Center in Arlington, Virginia, to discuss the work, according to U.S. government officials.
One administration official said the US government needed to take strong action to “fundamentally recalibrate the incentive structure” because foreign sellers faced little risk of prosecution.
According to a U.S. department report and confirmed by a government official, law enforcement agencies plan to take “immediate action” to identify counterfeit goods and seek “all available legal authority to impose civil fines and other penalties on these entities.”
The Trump administration will also seek legal authority to “explicitly allow the government to seek injunctive relief for third-party markets and other intermediaries engaged in counterfeit goods transactions.”
The official said that if businesses take best practices, the government believes it will significantly reduce the trafficking of counterfeit and pirated goods.
Last April, Mr. Trump ordered a crackdown on counterfeit products on third-party online markets and demanded more information about how the United States could better track and curb such sales.
According to a memorandum signed by Mr. Trump, global annual trade in counterfeit and pirated goods could rise to $5 trillion, with about 20 percent of the trade infringing U.S. intellectual property rights.