CHAMPLAIN – U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 10 counterfeit Stanley Cup championship rings at the Champlain Port of Entry cargo facility due to trademark infringement.
In early April, a shipment that was selected and later confiscated was found after an investigation to contain counterfeit 1936 Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup rings.
The 10 fake rings violate the intellectual property rights of the Detroit Red Wings brand, the CBP said.
Intellectual property infringement refers to products that infringe US trademarks, copyrights, and patents. Other violations can include misclassification of goods, incorrect country of origin designations, health and safety issues, and valuation issues.
“Our CBP officers take pride in their work, which includes protecting our economy and consumers from counterfeit goods,” Steven Bronson, port director for the Champlain area, said in a prepared statement. “Their role is critical in protecting both consumers and businesses from imported fraudulent items.”
The CBP determined that the counterfeit rings had a total manufacturer’s suggested retail price of approximately $15,000.
CBP encourages individuals who have information about counterfeit goods being illegally imported into the United States to file an e-allegation, which is a way for the public to report to CBP suspected violations of trade laws or regulations related to the importation of goods report anonymously.