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OpSec News Round-Up 8/30/2011

Posted by admin on Aug 30, 2011 8:45:02 AM
No Longer Happy with LV, Counterfeiters Set on Hermes


The number of fake Louis Vuitton (LV) products in stalls at the Greenhills Shopping Center (GSC) has dropped by 60 percent as counterfeiters shift to Hermes.

According to a report LV country representatives filed with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, there have been fewer sightings of fake LV items at GSC, unlike before when imitation products proliferated in the popular Greenhills tiangge areas.

For full story, please visit Business Inquirer.

Thailand Destroys 1.3 Million Pieces of Counterfeit Goods


The Thai authorities destroyed over 120 tonnes , or 1.3 million pieces, of illegal counterfeit goods violating intellectual property rights following Thai court rulings concerning intellectual property rights violations.

Deputy Commerce Minister Siriwat Kajornprasart presided over the event, which was a collaboration between the Commerce Ministry, the Customs Department, the Department of Special Investigation, the Intellectual Property Department and the Royal Thai Police.

To read more, please visit Thailand Business News.

Enforce The Law and Stamp Out Illegal Copying


The recent raids by the Department of Special Investigations on Bangkok shopping malls selling counterfeit products over the past few months has confirmed a disappointing fact: violation of intellectual property rights (IPR) is still rampant in the capital city.

Last Monday, Commerce Ministry officials and members of the entertainment industry witnessed the destruction of 1,200,000 copied items worth Bt3 billion following Thai court rulings concerning IPR violation cases. The pirated items destroyed included designer handbags, watches, glasses, brand-name clothes, leatherwear and CDs and DVDs.

For full story, please visit The Nation.

Counterfeit Products Target of Website


Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is hoping a new website dedicated to fighting counterfeit merchandise will help the state chip away at an unlawful, billion-dollar industry.

The Mississippi Intellectual Property Crime Center was launched Monday. Hood says it's the first statewide website where counterfeit sales activity can be reported.

People can report where potential counterfeit clothing, CDs, DVDs or other bogus items are being sold, view pictures of counterfeit goods and look at the state's laws concerning intellectual-property theft and links to other organizations that combat knock-off items.

Read more at The Clarion Ledger.

WikiLeaks Cables Detail Apple's Battle with Counterfeits in China


(CNN) -- Apple was slow to act against the booming counterfeit industry in China and other Asian countries, according to cables obtained by WikiLeaks.

The technology giant eventually organized a team in March 2008 to curtail the explosion of knockoff iPods and iPhones, according to an electronic memo from the Beijing embassy dated September 2008.

For full coverage on this story, please visit CNN Tech.

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