The U.S. Customs Service amended its regulations governing gray market goods in 1999. The amended rule, known as the “affiliate exception,” permits the importation of gray market goods that are different from the domestic goods if labeled in accordance with a prescribed standard. Read about the history behind the rule in “U.S. Customs Service Enacts Final Rule on Affiliate Exception to Gray Market Goods Imports,” originally published in Bright Ideas, a publication of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, Vol. 8, No. 3, Fall 1999.