Posts Tagged ‘National Association of Manufacturers’

Examples of Chinese IPR Fraud Build Up

June 11, 2010

Companies and organizations wishing to talk with a Congressional committee about the issue of intellectual property theft by Chinese manufacturers are beginning to pile up, a member of the federal agency investigating the problem told me this week.

However, none of the firms willing to testify before the Senate Finance Committee are from the powersports industry. Meanwhile, however, the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) continues to collect information from its members, and it plans to have a report prepared next month. If you are a member of the MIC, you can comment through the organization’s website at

Read more about the investigation here; the public record for this investigation may be viewed here.

“We have over a dozen witnesses scheduled for the hearing,” said John Kitzmiller, an analyst with the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) in Washington. “Some are from associations that encompass at least some of the powersports industry, i.e., National Association of Manufacturers, but none are recognizably from the industry.

“Although the deadline for asking to appear at the hearing has passed, we welcome written submissions through July 9, and I would be happy to speak with anyone that wanted to get their views into the report. They can call me or I’ll be happy to call them. I’m normally at my desk from 6:30am to 3:00pm EDT.” You can reach Kitzmiller at or 202-205-3387.

Here is important information if you wish to submit comments to the ITC:

June 15, 2010: Public hearing.
June 22, 2010: Deadline for filing post-hearing briefs and statements.
July 9, 2010: Deadline for filing all other written submissions.
Nov. 19, 2010: First report due to the Senate Finance Committee.
May 2, 2011: Second report due to the Senate Finance Committee.

All Commission offices, including the Commission’s hearing rooms, are located in the United States International Trade Commission Building
500 E Street SW, Washington, DC.
All written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary, United States International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436.

Project Leaders: Katherine Linton ( or 202-205-3393) and Alexander Hammer ( or 202-205-3271) or Deputy Project Leader Jeremy Wise ( or 202-205-3190).

Contact me with news tips or story ideas at or 612/845-8091.

Deadline on Lead Content Rapidly Approaches

February 3, 2009

A Dealer Could Be Liable for Up To $15 Million In Fines

But Enforcement Is Another Question

The deadline for retailers to stop selling children’s products that violate lead content limits, set in a new consumer safety law last year, is only one week away.

Unfortunately, many powersports dealers apparently don’t realize that they could be liable for penalties reaching $15 million for violations of the law.

OK, that’s perhaps unlikely. But the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) calls for a maximum civil penalty of $100,000 per violation up to a maximum of $15 million for a series of related violations.

And, according to one attorney who is very familiar with the law, there are also criminal penalties of up to five years in jail for a willful violation of the law.

That’s a big OUCH.