CBP Invites Volunteers to Submit IPR Authenticating Data into Document Image System
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is seeking nine volunteer filers to submit intellectual property rights authenticating data into the Document Image System. CBP anticipates that this process may improve IPR targeting efficiencies, reduce the rate of negative IPR exams, facilitate authorized trade and increase CBP port productivity. The agency plans to evaluate the effect of this process on negative exam rates within one year.
Approved IPR authenticating data includes licensee agreements, service agreements, maintenance agreements, packing lists, non-commercial invoices, serial numbers, bar codes, and photos of the product, packaging or container seals. This data may be submitted via a readable PDF or JPEG attachment to an email and may be sent by shipment and for all shipping modalities. The email must contain key bill of lading data elements in the subject line to enable the system to save, search and process the document.
Participants will be chosen on a first come, first served basis and will be selected to ensure a range of non-partnership program industry participants as well as participation across industry segments, to include those who have previously experienced negative IPR exams. Those interested in participating should send an email to CBP with “IPR advance information test” in the subject line.