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OpSec News Round-Up 9/20/2011

Posted by admin on Sep 20, 2011 8:17:35 AM
N.Y. Copycats Ordered to Hand Over Fake Products to Apple


Two stores in Queens, N.Y. have agreed to hand over all counterfeit products to Apple that bear the California company's name or logo, according to court documents.

The goods must be delivered to Apple within five days of a federal judge approving the deal. The two stores, Apple Story and Fun Zone, must also hand over all promotional and advertising materials, including signage.

To read more, please visit Computer World.

BMW Campaigns Original Parts for Safety


After conducting several laboratory tests, German carmaker Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) AG reminded its customers to use original spare parts rather than counterfeit items.

The company said on Monday as part a campaign to combat piracy that counterfeit products were poorly made and could not provide maximum protection for drivers and passengers.

BMW parts expert Yip Chee Choon said the Munich-based company had proven that fake spare parts such as air filters, oil filters and spark plugs burned easier in higher temperatures.

For more on this story, please visit The Jakarta Post.

Camden Town Fake Goods Mastermind Jailed


A large scale importer and distributor of counterfeit goods in Camden Town was jailed today (Friday 16 September) for 2 years at Blackfriars Crown Court.  Judge Hillen described the case as a "major criminal enterprise."

Adrian Hindson, (40) of Fermoy Rd, W9, who also used alternative multiple identities, pleaded guilty to 25 counts of trade marks offences and money laundering.

The offences relate to a business called Addy Ltd, registered at 57 Hartland Road, Camden, which is also the address of a nightclub called the ‘Fake Club’ where Adrian Hindson holds a personal licence.

For full story, please visit Camden.

Feds Seize Flea Market


After they shut it down in June, law enforcement agents seized 153,634 counterfeit items from the now-defunct flea market that operated at 4233 S. Third St.

That’s according to an affidavit filed Friday, Sept. 16, in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee by a federal agent who participated in the investigation. It was submitted by U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton’s office to bolster the government’s seizure of the property on South Third Street as well as the seizure of a 2009 Toyota Highlander, fake Rolex watches and several thousand dollars from multiple bank accounts.

To read more, please visit Memphis Daily News.

Cardiff Warning on Cleaning Fluid Vodka


Cardiff Trading Standards has issued an urgent warning about illegal and unsafe vodka.

Bottles of vodka currently on sale in Cardiff, packaged as Drop Vodka, are under investigation by Trading Standards. Initial tests suggest the vodka contains an ingredient which is normally used as a cleaning fluid and is harmful if consumed.

Read more at News Wales.

Counterfeit Samsung Items Seized in Dar


A large number of counterfeit Samsung products were seized earlier this month in an inspection conducted by the Fair Competition Commission (FCC) in collaboration with local Samsung representatives and the police at Kariakoo area.

A statement issued in Dar es Salaam yesterday by the FCC director general, Dr Geoffrey Mariki, said the seized counterfeit Samsung products included 27 DVD players and 26 mobile phones which were found in eight shops.

For full story, please visit The Citizen.

Philippines Seizing "Record Amounts" of Fake Goods


MANILA — The Philippines is seizing record amounts of fake goods, most of them from China, showing the government's commitment to enforcing intellectual property rights, a government watchdog said Monday.

In the first eight months of 2011, over 3.8 billion pesos ($87.7 million) worth of counterfeit products were picked up, 62 percent up from the same period last year.

Seizures of counterfeit goods this year are easily expected to top the record haul of 5.68 billion pesos recorded in 2009, said Chester Singco, head of the inter-agency secretariat on intellectual property enforcement.

To read more on this story, please visit Google Hosted News.

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