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OpSec News Round-Up 9/27/2011

Posted by admin on Sep 27, 2011 5:09:02 AM
The International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition Developing New Online Tools to Choke Off Money to Rogue Websites

9/27

The International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC) announced today that it has inked a deal with G2 Web Services, LLC, the leading provider of merchant compliance monitoring and risk management services, to develop a portal-based system designed to help brands turn the lights out on "rogue websites" selling counterfeit goods online. According to the IACC, the system is emblematic of a new strategy in online intellectual property enforcement: hitting counterfeiters in the wallet by working with financial institutions to shut down their ability to process payments.

For full story, please visit IACC.

Founder of Ninjavideo Pleads Guilty to Criminal Copyright Conspiracy

9/23

WASHINGTON - A North Carolina man pleaded guilty today for his role in founding a website that provided millions of users with the ability to illegally download copyright-protected movies and television programs. This investigation is being conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in conjunction with the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center).

Matthew David Howard Smith, 23, of Raleigh, N.C., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga in the Eastern District of Virginia to conspiracy and criminal copyright infringement. At sentencing, scheduled for Dec. 16, 2011, Smith faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison on each count.

To read more, please visit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


Philippines Still on U.S. Watch List for Fake, Pirated Goods

9/27

The Philippines is one of 29 countries on the Office of the US Trade Representative’s (USTR) “watch list” of nations where pirated and counterfeit goods were readily available.

In its 2011 “Special 301” report, the Washington, DC-based USTR noted that ineffective enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) in the Philippines continued to be a concern for the agency.

For full story please visit Inquirer Global Nation.

Arrest of Fake Handbag Vendors May Herald Crackdown

9/26

Two men caught selling fake luxury handbags and perfumes near Madian Bridge, Haidian district, have been arrested, district police revealed on Sunday.
Zhu Jingtao, a lawyer from Beijing Zhenbang Law Firm, told the Global Times that fake luxury goods have been sold in Beijing for a long time, but so far authorities have failed to take decisive action against vendors.

"This arrest may lead to a wider crackdown on selling fake luxury goods, and it definitely shows the city is becoming more concerned about protecting intellectual property rights," Zhu said.

Read more at Global Times.

NYC Cracking Down on Counterfeit Merch To Protect Image, Money

9/25/11

It’s getting harder to make a buck by knocking off the Big Apple’s brand.

City officials have taken extraordinary steps to protect the iconic “NYC” name and other city trademarks — including NYPD and FDNY — by filing lawsuits, firing off hundreds of cease-and-desist letters and cracking down on merchants mixed up with counterfeit goods.

“There are always police checking – it’s constant. Everyone knows to only sell what’s real,” Canal Street vendor Mohammed Parbes said of the police- and fire-themed apparel.

Another vendor on Broadway near the World Trade Center said police have continuously approached him to see if he’s selling bogus goods – sometimes more than once a day.

For full story, please visit AM New York.

Taiwan Cracks Down on Fake Medicine Trade

9/25

Enforcement agencies in Taiwan have detained 168 suspects in a large-scale operation to fight the trade in counterfeit pharmaceuticals and traditional herbal medicines.

More than 1,200 agents from the police, coast guard the Department of Health and other agencies took part in the operation, which was coordinated by Taiwan's High Prosecutors Office, which issued a statement providing details on September 23. The agents raided 28 separate locations across the country.

Read more at Securing Pharma.

Govt in Fresh Attempt to Curb Imports of Counterfeit Goods

9/26

By Bernard Lugongo, The Citizen Reporter
Dar es Salaam. In a bid to decrease the counterfeit imports in the country, the government will start linking local traders to genuine Chinese and other Asian companies.

According to the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA), the body was set to establish a company in China, known as Wabantu, which would work on identifying genuine companies from which the traders would then order various goods.

Read more on this story at The Citizen.

Dubai Customs Foils Bid to Smuggle 60 Thousand Counterfeit CDs

9/25

Dubai Customs inspectors at the Free Zone of Dubai International Airport foiled a bid to smuggle a huge amount of counterfeited CDs for different uses. The contraband was hidden inside a car spare-part cargo which was coming from an Arab country.

The seizure took place when Dubai Customs inspection staff searched the cargo coming from an Arab country. It was listed under the “customs import declaration” category for a local company. Inspectors were able to find 30 parcels containing around 60 thousand counterfeit CDs bearing the Sony PlayStation trademark.

For full story, please visit  Al Bawaba.

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