American Apparel and Footwear Association

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AAFA is an influential voice for the U.S. apparel and footwear industry on Capitol Hill and around the world.

 

in the spotlight

Check out AAFA's events across the topics of trade, intellectual property and brand protection, supply chain, and more. Events Calendar > 

legislative action

Now is the time to contact Congress to tell them why you oppose the Border Adjustment Tax. Click here to send an email to your elected representatives urging action on trade.

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Intellectual Property

 

When counterfeiters sell products using our members’ brandnames, they steal income from legitimate companies, reduce tax revenues, and trick consumers into thinking that they are buying the real product.  Especially given the global nature of our industry, the ability to protect trademarks becomes more complicated as companies are required to seek protection and prosecute counterfeiters in countries across the world.  These processes often involve costly legal battles and constant frustration working with foreign governments to enforce their rights.

AAFA supports continued efforts by Congress and the Administration to improve IP enforcement at home and abroad.  As such, AAFA created the Brand Protection Council (BPC) to have a permanent forum for AAFA members to talk IP issues and strategy.

Design Piracy

Since 2006, Congress has been working to pass legislation to stop the narrow problem of design piracy, or the direct copying of an original artistic design in apparel, footwear, or other fashion accessories.

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Patent Troll Reform

AAFA supports legislative and executive reform efforts intended to reign in the abusive behavior of patent trolls.

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Copyright Troll Reform

AAFA supports the industries battle against copyright trolls through developing best practice guidance and pushing legislative reform.

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Rogue Web Sites

One of the most pressing problem facing the apparel and footwear industry are the growing prevalence of rogue Web sites.

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Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

ICANN's expansion of the Internet domain space could have potentially many unintended harmful effects on trademark owners.

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Special 301 Report

Each year, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) asks brandholding industries and companies to submit comments on countries where intellectual property protection is weak or unenforced.

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