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Congress relaunches trademark caucus

To protect trademark holders under assault on the Internet from counterfeiters, intellectual property thieves, and scam artists, Congress is relaunching the congressional trademark caucus.

The caucus will be co-chaired by Senate judiciary chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Reps. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) and Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.).

“Trademarks are a bedrock of our economy and one of the critical ways in which American companies distinguish themselves from competing products around the world,” said Sen. Coons. “When our trademarks are open to attack, our economy and national security are put at real risk. The Congressional Trademark Caucus will work hard in both the House and the Senate to build support among policymakers and consumers for protecting our trademarks and fighting against intellectual property theft.”

The caucus articulated a broad mission. It intends to support congressional committees with jurisdiction over intellectual property and to educate Congress and the public about the importance of trademarks to the global economy. It also seeks to create a dialog among governments and brand owners about ways to decrease counterfeit goods in the marketplace and stress the importance of trademark protection in discussions between the U.S. and foreign governments.

In keeping with the caucus’ mission, Reps. DelBene and Forbes earlier this week sent a letter to ICANN leaders meeting this week in Buenos Aires urging the international multi-stakeholder organization to resolve the dispute over Amazon’s application for the .AMAZON top-level domain by giving preference to the trademark owned by Amazon.