Guidelines for “Made In USA” Statements Issued By FTC
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued clear guidelines on the use of “Made in USA,” and statements with a similar connotation, in product labeling, advertising and marketing of products in the United States. The FTC is charged with preventing deception and unfairness in the marketplace, and has the power to bring law enforcement actions against false or misleading claims that a product is of U.S. origin.
If You Suspect Fraud:
If you suspect a business or organization is defrauding consumers with misleading claims and/or outright false claims of the “Made in USA”, or “Product of USA” labeling on their products and/or advertising and marketing—don’t be afraid to report it. Not only is it the right thing to do, but, you may be entitled to a significant reward.
The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) stands at the forefront of the U.S. government’s response to global intellectual property (IP) theft.
As a task force, the IPR Center uses the expertise of its member agencies to share information, develop initiatives, coordinate enforcement actions, and conduct investigations related to IP theft. Through this strategic interagency partnership, the IPR Center protects the public’s health and safety, the U.S. economy, and the nation’s war fighters.
Intellectual property rights theft is not a victimless crime. It threatens U.S. businesses and robs hard-working Americans of their jobs, which negatively impacts the economy. It can also pose serious health and safety risks to consumers, and oftentimes, it fuels global organized crime.