This Comment will evaluate whether the current import regulation of grey market goods is necessary in light of modern trademark theory. Section II gives an overview of the functions of a trademark, discusses registration procedures, and considers the effect of parallel imports in the international marketplace. Section III examines the relevant statutory provisions governing the importation of genuine goods, while Section IV analyzes the recent legislative attempt to codify Customs regulations and the impact this bill would have on the rights of the United States trademark owner as opposed to the consumer's interests. The Comment concludes by evaluating proposed solutions for relief from parallel imports available to the domestic trademark holder.
Pierrette A. Newman, The United States Customs Service's Regulation of Grey Market Imports: Does it Preserve the Broad Protections Afforded by Section 526 of the Tariff Act of 1930?, 5 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 293 (1987).