Toy Association Members Invited to Virtual Fly-In Tackling Fake Toys

washingtonAugust 10, 2020 | Toy Association members are invited to meet with policymakers to discuss the industry’s key concerns about the prevalence of unsafe, counterfeit toys at The Toy Association’s upcoming Virtual Intellectual Property (IP) Fly-In. This event is open exclusively to Toy Association manufacturer and licensor members.

The Fly-In will kick off with a briefing event for attendees on Thursday, September 10, followed by virtual meetings with administration officials and congressional offices on Monday, September 14 through Wednesday, September 16. Additional meetings may also be planned, and updates will be sent through the Toy Association IP Committee. Members are urged to participate in these opportunities to connect directly with legislators and retailers on issues impacting their businesses

“As more American families have turned to online shopping since the onset of the pandemic, we have seen that in spite of everything we have done to raise awareness, the dangers posed by counterfeit toys on e-commerce sites continue to grow,” said Rebecca Mond, vice president of federal government affairs at The Toy Association. “Our hope is that this event will enable toy companies to directly advocate for concrete solutions and legislation to address this issue and help facilitate a swift response from lawmakers.”

Last month, The Toy Association submitted comments about counterfeit concerns in relation to online shopping for a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, “Consumers Beware: Increased Risks During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The Toy Association also testified in a hearing held in March by the House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Consumer Protection regarding fake and unsafe products on online marketplaces and voiced its support of the bipartisan SHOP SAFE Act and the SANTA Act.

Companies interested in participating in the Virtual IP Fly-In can contact Heather Easley to sign up and learn more.