Rosslyn, Va.-based NEMA has called on Congress to appropriate funds to implement programs authorized to combat counterfeiting that were contained in Public Law 110-403, "The Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act, also known as PRO-IP, which was approved last year. NEMA actively supported this legislation and provided input to Congress.

According to NEMA Board Chairman Stuart Thorn, these provisions are vital to domestic electrical manufacturers. “It is critical that Congress begin funding the PRO-IP programs so that the United States does not fall further behind in fighting anti-counterfeiting," he explains. "The domestic extension cord industry, for example, has disappeared because of unfair competition from substandard, counterfeit electrical cords that falsely contain certification marks.”