Can I write the word USA on an item made in Pakistan? 4 Answers as of January 06, 2014

I have a custom knife made for me and I have it branded with my company name and the letters "USA" following the brand stamp. The logo brand stamp does not say, "Made in the USA". Is this legal to do? The knife is designed in the USA and made in Pakistan.

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Mark S. Hubert PC
Mark S. Hubert PC | Mark Hubert
Depends - does the knife say anywhere on it "made in Pakistan"? If not lets just use some common sense and ask "Why am I putting USA on the knife? Am I trying to trick any potential consumer into thinking that the knife was made in the USA?" Think of the word USA as advertising. Is what you are doing engaging in false advertising? Is it a designation of false origin? Look at the Lanham Act for your answer. I think the answer is simply "dont do it"
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 1/6/2014
Law Office of Kirk Buhler
Law Office of Kirk Buhler | Kirk A Buhler
You can state that the knife was designed in the USA. Import laws require that the knife include the country of origin. USA is not a registered trademark. There are registered marks for... "TACTICAL OPS USA TOPS KNIVES" 3265975 "MOD MADE IN USA TACTICAL KNIVES" 3049139 "EURO-KNIVES USA" 3547638 "EMERSON KNIVES INC. USA" 2439755
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/6/2014
Microtechnology Law & Analysis | Daniel Flamm
You may say "designed in the USA and made in Pakistan". Language that would deceive an ordinary person reading your label is arguably fraud.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/6/2014
Sebby Law Office
Sebby Law Office | Jayne Sebby
You are implying that the knife is made in the USA while knowing that this is not the truth. You intend to take advantage of your customers' confusion about the source and quality of these knives which are potentially deadly products, especially if they are poorly made or manufactured in sweatshops where output is the only thing that matters. Remove the "USA" from the brand marking.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 1/6/2014
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