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OpSec News Round-Up 10/25/2011

Posted by admin on Oct 25, 2011 5:19:25 AM
LA County Authorities Seize Phony iPhone Parts


The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says detectives have seized an estimated $250,000 in counterfeit iPhone parts and have arrested three people.

Sheriff's Deputy Tony Moore said in a statement Sunday that a three-month investigation into phony iPhone parts being sold on Internet auctions site led detectives to five different locations in Walnut, Rowland Heights and Covina.

For full story, please visit Bloomberg Businessweek.

Shock Survey Reveals Third of Businesses Selling Fake Booze


A SHOCKING survey by Trading Standards officers has revealed a third of shops, pubs and restaurants checked in Sandwell are selling fake booze which could send drinkers blind.

The survey across the borough was carried out as part of the borough's Safer Six Campaign and officers estimate that there has been a loss in revenue of more than £30,000.

To read more, please visit Halesowen News.

North Austin Retailer Charged in Counterfeit Purse Case


The owner of a North Austin nail and spa outlet has been charged after her store was found to be selling counterfeit purses, according to an arrest affidavit.

Hong Nhung Thi Nguyen, the 43-year-old owner of Far West Nail and Spa, is now facing a state felony charge of trademark counterfeiting, the affidavit said. A state jail felony is punishable by up to two years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

For full story, please visit The Blotter.

$250K in Counterfeit iPhone Parts Seized


COVINA (CBS) - Authorities say three people were arrested and more than $250,000 in counterfeit iPhone parts seized in Covina, Walnut and Rowland Heights.

The bust occurred in five separate locations Thursday. Officials said they recovered counterfeit iPhone rear panels, phone chargers and phone covers with a street value of a quarter of a million dollars.

Detective Kay Budge, in a statement, said that an investigation that was conducted over three months led to the suspects, two men and one woman.

The phony iPhone parts were allegedly sold on various Internet sites.

For full coverage on this story, please visit 10 News.

Hong Kong Detective Goes Undercover to Fight Fakes


Like any good private eye, Hong Kong-based Ted Kavowras has a range of whisky bottles by his desk. But these aren't for swigging between jobs -- they're samples of counterfeit spirits whose makers he has helped shut down.

He and his detective firm Panoramic Consulting occupy a growing niche in the fight against China's mammoth fake goods industry, posing as buyers to enter factories and gather evidence that can lead to fines, arrests and shutdowns.

From an office littered with disguises and bling accessories containing hidden cameras, he and his staff travel to the mainland in the guise of Middle Eastern businessmen, shady European traders or Latin Americans seeking a quick buck.

For more on this story, please visit Google Hosted News.

Trading Standards Issue Warning on Fireworks


Children as young as 13 are buying and selling illegal bangers at school that can kill or seriously maim, West Yorkshire Trading Standards says.

Officers are desperately trying to get the counterfeit bangers off the street before someone gets seriously injured. They have received reports that the fireworks are being set off in parks.

To read more, please visit Bradford Telegraph & Argus.

TRX® Takes Aggressive Action to Protect Consumers Against Illegal Knock-Off Products


TRX®, the creators of Suspension Training® bodyweight exercise, today introduced an authentication campaign designed to prevent counterfeiting and piracy efforts around its popular fitness products, beginning with the TRX  FORCE®  Kit: Tactical. To combat the increasing amount of counterfeit TRX products being sold illegally, the company has placed a hologram hidden under the TRX badge and on the product's packaging, including information that encourages customers to authenticate and register their TRX products. While holograms have been utilized by TRX on products previously, the full authentication campaign will begin with the launch of the TRX FORCE® Kit: Tactical.

The authentication program is designed to alert customers of the potential safety hazards associated with knock-off products that aren't designed or manufactured according to the stringent and recognized safety standards maintained by TRX. Additionally, it provides customers an added measure to verify the authenticity of their TRX products. To verify an original TRX product, customers simply locate the serial number on the genuine TRX hologram, log on to www.trxtraining.com/activate and register the product. The registration process will validate the serial number, activate warranty and also allow customers to download free content.

For full story, please visit PR Newswire.

J&J, Notre Dame, Prada, Louboutin: Intellectual Property


Prada SpA and Nike Inc. are among the companies whose trademarks were found on counterfeit goods seized in a raid in Shelby, North Carolina, the Shelby Star newspaper reported.

The fake goods were sold openly for about half the price of genuine articles, according to the newspaper.

To read more, please visit Bloomberg Businessweek.

MLB Goes on Offensive Against Counterfeiters at World Series


Lurking among the thousands of baseball fans in town for the World Series are more than two dozen officials who spent the week in area shops and streets on the lookout for counterfeit merchandise.

Those scouring for fake Cardinals and Rangers hats, T-shirts and jerseys are employees of Major League Baseball Properties’ licensing group, which travels to major baseball events to ensure that products for sale are licensed by the league.

“My message to the counterfeiters is, ‘Watch out, we are on to you,’ “ said Ethan Orlinsky, senior vice president and general counsel for Major League Baseball Properties. He traveled to St. Louis from New York last week for the busiest time of the year for fake MLB merchandise: the World Series.
To read more, please visit The Sun Herald.

Topics: Counterfeiting, Luxury Goods, Consumer Goods, Intellectual Property, In the Headlines