Governor Rendell signed legislation aimed at helping authorities combat the sale of goods with counterfeit trademarks.

The new law increases the scope of what constitutes the pedaling of bogus trademark merchandise, according to statement released by the House Democratic Caucus.

"Trademark fraud is so much more insidious than just someone who is peddling knock-off purses, unauthorized team merchandise or recorded music," said Rosita Youngblood, D-Phila. who sponsored the bill. "If it is something that can be made cheaply and easily and can appear to be the real thing, there are people ready to make it or purchase it in quantity and pass it on to the public."