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OpSec News Round-Up 10/18/2011

Posted by admin on Oct 18, 2011 7:40:13 AM
HTC, Samsung, Lodsys, Microsoft: Intellectual Property

10/18

HTC Corp., the second-largest maker of devices using Google Inc.’s Android software, lost a ruling in a patent case against Apple Inc. that sought to block U.S. imports of the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

The Apple devices don’t violate HTC’s rights to four patents, U.S. International Trade Commission Judge Charles Bullock said in a notice yesterday. The full six-member commission in Washington may choose to review the findings, with the investigation scheduled to be completed by Feb. 17.

For full story, please visit Business Week.

Counterfeit Pesticides Stifle Industry Growth

10/18

As the crop protection industry creates new formulations and products, counterfeiting continues to plague the industry. Up to $4 billion is lost to illegal products, or an estimated 10% of global sales.

Many companies such as Dow AgroSciences recognize the damage counterfeiting does to their sales and the world.

“We believe that counterfeit and illegal products represent a significant threat to human health and the environment, jeopardize plant health and crop production and also pose an economic threat to international trade and the sustainability of the global food supply,” says Moni Hancock, Dow AgroSciences R&D communications leader.

To read more on this story, please visit Farm Chemicals International.

Twitter Needs Spam Filters to Block Counterfeit Medicine Ads

10/18

Evidence that suppliers of counterfeit and otherwise illegal medicines were starting to use the microblogging site Twitter to promote their wares first emerged last year, and has now been reinforced by a new study from researchers at Akron University in the USA.

"Spammers have pounced on this new opportunity for a fast and dishonest dollar, disseminating pornography, fake lotteries, fake inheritances, counterfeit watches, free software, and illegal or ineffective pharmaceuticals," write the study authors Chandra Shekar, Kathy Liszka and Chien-Chung Chan.

For full story, please visit SecuringPharma.

Turkey Cracks Down on Counterfeit Goods

10/17

In a small workshop hidden away on the third floor of a narrow building close to one of Istanbul's busiest shopping arteries the smell of leather and textile paint hangs in the air, patches of material are scattered across workbenches, design samples decorate the walls. The room is barely big enough for the three workmen, the piles of textiles, the machines and the tools. A small radio transmits a live football game.

One of the men is sewing together patches for a Mulberry handbag. The fabric comes from Bursa, while accessories such as zips are made in metal-coating workshops in Istanbul. The bags they are making are fakes.

To read more from this story, please visit The Guardian.

Counterfeit Invasion

10/17

In a world where the line between dishonesty and technology has been blurred a large number of law-abiding people who do not see themselves as criminal are contributing to deception and the compromise of intellectual property. The capture of 60,000 pirated game CDs by the Dubai Customs is a case in point. They deserve congratulations for what is a thankless task.

If there was no market for these false goods there would be no effort to risk breaking the law. Whenever we thoughtlessly purchase a rip-off, be it a film or music or a game, we are actually contributing to the underground counterfeit market. Unfortunately, because the originals are so out of the financial reach of the common man there is no regret or guilt in buying the copy at a throwaway price. This problem has now become endemic and as the copycat product range not only widens and improves in quality there are going to be more takers for these goods.

For full coverage on this story, please visit The Khaleej Times.

Ethiopia and Samsung to Collaborate Against Counterfeit Products

10/17

The Samsung conglomerate announced plans, on Thursday, to collaborate with the Ethiopian Revenue and Customs Authority (ERCA) to halt the import of counterfeit products into the country. The South Korean Corporation is particularly interested in eliminating counterfeit products in the mobile phones sector.

Samsung plans to address the problem of counterfeit products gaining access to the African market according to Jong Oh Lee, Samsung East Africa Regional Market Director. The ‘gray’ or counterfeit products are particularly a problem in the mobile phone sector he said at a press conference at the opening of the Samsung Ethiopia Week.

Please read more at 2Merkato.com.

Million Dollar Counterfeit Raid at Parklea Markets

10/17

HUNDREDS of handbags and shoes worth up to $1 million have been seized by police in a raid at Parklea Markets and a home at Stanhope Gardens.

Detectives and staff from Trademark Investigation Services went to a stall at the markets about 8am on Sunday, and discovered more than 500 authentic-looking handbags and shoes that they allege are fake.

Brand names such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Burberry, Prada, Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs, and Jimmy Choo and Nike were among the items seized.

A 31-year-old female employee at the stall was questioned by police.

Officers then executed a search warrant at house on Perfection Avenue, Stanhope Gardens, where they located a large quantity of handbags, footwear and other accessories they allege are fakes.

To read more, please visit Blacktown Sun.

Counterfeit Clothing Seized from Hartford Stores

10/15

Two warrants were served on local clothing stores for the search and seizure of intellectual property Friday morning.

A lengthy investigation by the Hartford Police Department's Vice and Narcotics Division, with assistance from representatives of Powers and Associates, executed two search and seizure warrants on the stores called "Mishy and David's" located on 283 Franklin Avenue and 735 Wethersfield Avenue.

To read more, please visit The Hartford Courant.

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Topics: Consumer Electronics, In the Headlines, Intellectual Property, Luxury Goods, Pharmaceuticals