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News Round-Up 01/03/2012

Posted by admin on Jan 3, 2012 7:05:28 AM
INTA Welcomes Anti-Counterfeiting Measures in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012


NEW YORK, NY - The International Trademark Association (INTA) welcomed in a press release the signing of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 into law. The Act includes measures to address counterfeit military products and to provide for higher penalties to those who knowingly sell counterfeits that are intended for use by the military or that are identified as meeting military standards.

For the full story, please visit AG-IP News.

Kenya: Alarm Over Smuggled Tanzania Cheap Sugar


AN increase of counterfeit sugar from Tanzania coming into Kenya has raised an alarm in the industry with a key sugar miller warning the illicit trade is posing a major threat to local players.

Tanzanian middlemen are exporting thousands of tonnes of cheap smuggled sugar into Kenya to reap from a shortage of the commodity here. But this has meant low uptake of local sugar exposing millers to a bleak future. "The counterfeit sugar business has been on the increase and has greatly affected output of sugar millers," SonySugar Managing Director Paul Odola said in a press statement. Odola was speaking after a five tone consignment was impounded by the company's security and CID officers based in Migori, Kuria district.

For the complete story, please visit All Africa

Biazon Plans Better Ways to Stop Smuggling of Fake Goods


MANILA, Philippines — Traveling to China is among the top priorities of Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon for 2012 as he formulates better strategies against the illegal entry of counterfeit goods at the country's ports.

Disclosing his “first-to-do” list at the Bureau of Customs (BoC), Biazon said he is set to leave this year for China, which is the primary source of smuggled bogus items.

For the complete story, please see the Manilla Bulletin

The Fight Against Fakes


Up to 70,000 mobile phone users in the UAE will have woken to the ringing sound of silence yesterday as services to counterfeit mobile phone handsets were suspended under orders from the country’s Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA).

Unlike in the UK, where handsets are subsided or even free when you sign up for a monthly line rental plan, the latest smart phones cost hundreds of pounds here.

Those who want but can’t afford them have to make a choice: Rack up debts, go without – or buy a knock-off. Fake models complete with convincing branding and pocket-friendly price tags are widely available, especially from Chinese shopping mall Dragon Mart.

For the complete story, please visit telegraph.co.uk

Topics: Counterfeiting, Luxury Goods, Consumer Electronics, Legislation, In the Headlines