On January 17, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking [USCBP–2016–0076] that proposes amendments to the CBP regulations pertaining to the enforcement of intellectual property rights. Specifically, CBP is proposing amendments to implement a section of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 which requires CBP to prescribe regulatory procedures for the donation of technologies, training, or other support services for the purpose of assisting CBP in intellectual property enforcement. The proposed regulations, which would create new Subpart H to Part 133—Donations of Intellectual Property Rights Technology and Support Services, would enhance CBP’s intellectual property rights enforcement capabilities.

Comments must be received on or before March 3, 2017.