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Register your IP with United States Customs and Border Patrol

Posted by Steve Vondran | Mar 07, 2022

Attorney Steve® Intellectual Property Protection - Registering your copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets with the United States Customs and Border Patrol (IPR e-Recordation).

CBP pamphlet


Protecting your intellectual property is an important aspect of protecting your brand.  Preventing counterfeit goods from being imported and distributed can be aided by a registration with the IPRR which will allow you to register trademarks (must be on the principle register as opposed to the supplemental register) and copyrights that are registered with the USCO (United States Copyright Office).  Patents and Trade Secrets also may be registered to protect against incoming counterfeits and infringing goods.

IPR Recording

We can help companies of all types and organizational sizes to get registered into the CPB system.  Once done, (which can take as little as a week), the Customs and Border Protection Law Enforcement Agency will monitor and protect incoming / imported goods.  If they have "probable cause" to believe the goods are infringing on a copyright or trademark (patent or trade secret) they have the legal authority to seize them. Typically, the company would be notified and have a chance to pursue the importer/infringer in either a private enforcement action or in a federal lawsuit depending on who the defendant is and whether or not they are worth pursuing. Sometimes, the infringer/importer does not know better.  Sometimes they do.  We can help enforce your rights against either as they typically incur substantial amounts of time and money to pursue.

Watch Attorney Steve Vondran, IP Lawyer, explain this legal issue on his Popular Legal YouTube Channel

whiteboard with lawyer discussing IPRR filing

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CBP Points of Entry

You can probably guess some of the main points of entry that the CPB monitors.  Typical ones such as Seattle, Boston, Los Angles, Tucson Arizona, and others probably spring to mind.  But, being the top law enforcement agency in the United States, there are probably way more than you ever realized.  Here is a look at a map of the entry ports from the CPB.

In just California alone we find the following:

Andrade - Class A, California - 2502
235 Andrade Road
WinterhavenCA 92283
San Diego
Calexico East - Class A, California - 2507
1699 East Carr, Rd
Bldg A
CalexicoCA 92231
San Diego
Calexico West - Class A, California - 2503
200 East First Street
CalexicoCA 92231
San Diego
Eureka, California - 2802
317 3rd Street, Suite 6
EurekaCA 95501
San Francisco
Fresno (2803/2882), California - 2803
5177 E. Clinton Way
FresnoCA 93727
San Francisco
Los Angeles International Airport-Cargo Operations, California - 2720
11099 South La Cienega Blvd.
Los AngelesCA 90045
Los Angeles
Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport, California - 2704
301 E. Ocean Blvd.
Suite 1400
Long BeachCA 90802
Los Angeles
Ontario Airport, California - 2721
2222 E. Airport Drive
OntarioCA 91761
Los Angeles
Otay Mesa, California - 2506
9777 Via De La Amistad
San DiegoCA 92154
San Diego
Palm Springs, California - 2781
210 N. El Cielo Road
Palm SpringsCA 92262
Los Angeles
Port Hueneme, California - 2713
720 W. Hueneme Road
OxnardCA 93033
Los Angeles
Sacramento, California - 2835
6900 Airport Boulevard
Terminal B
SacramentoCA 95837
San Francisco
San Bernardino International Airport, California - 2782
265 N. Leland Norton Way
San BernardinoCA 92408
Los Angeles
San Diego, California - 2501
3835 N. Harbor Drive
Terminal 2 West
San DiegoCA 92101
San Diego
San Francisco International Airport, California - 2801
555 Battery Street
San FranciscoCA 94111
San Francisco
San Francisco, California - 2809
555 Battery Street, Room 319
San FranciscoCA 94111
San Francisco
San Jose International Airport, California - 2834
2065 Airport Blvd.
San JoseCA 95110
San Francisco
San Ysidro - Class A, California - 2504
720 East San Ysidro Blvd
San YsidroCA 92173
San Diego
Tecate - Class A, California - 2505
405 Tecate Rd
TecateCA 91980
San Diego
Victorville - S. California Logistics Airport, California - 2783
18374 Readiness Street
Suite 13
VictorvilleCA 92394

All told, there are over 300 points of entry (314 at last look) where the CPB will monitor and enforce IP rights and have the power to seize and even destroy infringing goods.

Once registered through the IPRR system, your registrations (you should do one for each trademark classification or each copyright for example), it will appear on their IPR search website

From here, the CBP will be on your team so to speak.

Attorney Steve® Tip:  As noted in the video, you can present a special webinar to the IPR division to educate them on the unique problems faced by your brand.  This can be a very important tool to helping Stop Fakes.  Per their website, there are some very important reasons for taking the time to do this:

IPR "Product Identification Webinars"

How a right holder can partner with CBP to produce Product ID Webinars:

  • IPR Right holders who conduct product identification trainings at the Ports see heightened identification of counterfeit goods. CBP now offers online Right holder training opportunities.

  • Trainings can be conducted from your place of business or our offices according to your preference.

  • Trainings can be transmitted live to multiple ports minimizing your travel cost, maximizing the number of CBP attendants, and allowing for question and answer periods.

  • Training webinars are recorded allowing for future viewing by rotating Port personnel. As product identification information changes, webinars can be updated, building a portfolio of webinars about your products available to CBP.

  • Requirement to conduct online IPR Right holder training are the same as at the Ports. Trademarks need to be recorded with CBP IPR and product guides (used for training) must be current and vetted for the event.

To schedule online training events please contact the IPR Division at [email protected].

According to their website - The total number of searchable IPR recordations in this database is 43559

Allegations of infringement can be reported on their e-allegation page.  Rewards may be possible for those whistleblowers willing to report infringers/counterfeiters.  It would be wise to have counsel represent you in order to: (1) try to stay anonymous (not guaranteed as the CPB may need to investigate) and; (2) make sure you get paid if recovery occurs.  

4,746 Counterfeit Trademark & Piratical Copyright Reported


Most often infringed Goods

Some of the most often pirated or infringing (counterfeit goods) are:

  • Rolex watches
  • Lous Vuitton bags
  • Nike
  • Addidas
  • Apple products (ex. air pods, chargers, lightning cables)
US CBP eagle symbol

Contact an Intellectual Property Law Firm

Since 2004, our business and IP law firm has helped individuals and businesses of all sizes protect and enforce their intellectual property including trade secrets, copyrights, and trademarks, and defend them when necessary.  We have helped businesses from small "mom and pop" companies up to very large organizations bring and defend actions pertaining to intellectual property rights.  If you are seeking legal representation to assist with filing for IPR protection for your IP to help protect against infringing or counterfeit goods or even gray market goods, or if you are an IPR Whistleblower contact us to discuss at (877) 276-5084 or email us through our contact form. 

We are also well-versed in litigation having handled over 300 state and federal court lawsuits.  We offer low flat rate (predictable) legal fees for our IPRR recording service.

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