The Best Defense

U.S. Customs Service

Once you're awarded a patent, trademark or copyright, record it with the U.S. Customs Service to get help blocking illegal, imported knockoffs. Counterfeit goods most often come through California, Florida, New York and Texas. For more information, contact U.S. Customs at (202) 927-6724, or visit http://www.customs.ustreas.gov

Picking good partners to get your invention to market is a skill mainly learned through trial and error, but these resources can give you the information you need to get a head start.

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This article was originally published in the February 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: The Best Defense.

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