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Panel: Battening Down the Hatches: Strategies for Protecting Your Company’s Assets Around the World

Session: Wednesday, February 11 @ 9:30

Supervisory Import Specialist John Clausen has been working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for about 10 years. Currently he manages the daily operations of a Commodity Specialist Team that reviews all imports of Transportation, Metals, Machinery, and Industrial Manufacturing Materials through the Port of San Francisco (Oakland, San Francisco, Reno, Salt Lake City, Sacramento, San Jose, and Fresno).

CBP Import Specialist Teams use intellectual property expertise to help prevent the importation of products that infringe on recorded trademark and copyright.  As a supervisor of these teams John develops and manages intellectual property enforcement operations at the Port of San Francisco that target suspect importers or specific industries.  Our teams inspect and assess potential infringing merchandise, conduct investigations into importers suspected of counterfeiting, and recommend seizure of infringing goods.    Additionally, CBP provides protection  against gray market imports by enforcing gray market recordation. 

Mr. Clausen has led inspection teams to Indonesia and El Salvador as part of CBP’s Textile Production Verification program, and he has worked with the Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center on IPR/Public Safety enforcement efforts and training.

Additionally, Mr. Clausen has worked on the development of trade agreements with Office of International trade, and is one of San Francisco’s Trade Enforcement Coordinators. Along with his regular supervisory duties at the Port of San Francisco, Mr. Clausen also supervises a team of Import Specialists for the Automotive and Aerospace Center of Excellence and Expertise. Prior to CBP Mr. Clausen worked for the U.S. Peace Corps as a Recruitment Coordinator, and completed two Peace Corps volunteer assignments abroad.


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