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Keeping it real: 2014 counterfeit seizure statistics released

Posted by Branddy Spence on Jun 1, 2015 8:32:31 AM
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Last year brought a hefty haul for the U.S. agencies tasked with finding and seizing counterfeit items before they seep too deeply into product pipelines.

Though protecting brands from criminals and their knock-off goods is quite the job, the groups tasked with finding the counterfeits have been making progress. Last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations - two groups tasked with seizing knock-offs, along with the Department of Homeland Security - announced results for the 2014 fiscal year.

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Topics: Digital Media, Counterfeiting, Fashion & Luxury, Luxury Goods, Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Health and Beauty, Consumer Goods, Intellectual Property, In the Headlines, Brand Protection

Etsy finds how badly counterfeits can hurt business

Posted by Branddy Spence on May 21, 2015 8:00:00 AM
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Etsy, the peer-to-peer e-commerce website recently saw its shares plunge as news leaked that a number of the items sold through the online company may be fake.

Here's one way to sabotage a business: Warn people that its marketplace contains counterfeit goods. 

Etsy, the peer-to-peer e-commerce website, recently saw its shares plunge as news leaked that a number of the items sold through the online company may be fake. Counterfeit goods can prove plenty harmful to any business, and the marketplace is beginning to find out just how much damage fakes can cause.

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Topics: Counterfeiting, Online Brand Protection, In the Headlines

Chinese consumers want authentic products

Posted by Branddy Spence on May 14, 2015 8:30:00 AM
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China, for some time a paradisiacal haven for counterfeiters and their ill-gotten funds, may be losing its allure as a knock-off utopia as its citizens begin to value product authenticity over affordability. 

Last year, China's cabinet, the State Council, announced that it would begin a crackdown on online piracy and fake products.

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Topics: Counterfeiting, Product Authentication, In the Headlines, Brand Protection

Counterfeit DVDs and CDs still an issue

Posted by Branddy Spence on Apr 13, 2015 11:08:00 AM
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Who uses DVDs anymore? Apparently enough people for counterfeiters to still find selling fake DVDs to be a profitable business.

Who uses DVDs anymore? Apparently enough people for counterfeiters to still find selling fake DVDs to be a profitable business. 

A federal grand jury recently indicted 10 men on charges of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, as well as similar crimes, after a warehouse and office space used by the defendants were found to have contained thousands of copies of fake DVDs and CDs on March 13.

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Topics: Digital Media, Counterfeiting, Product Authentication, In the Headlines, Brand Protection, Anti-piracy

Counterfeiters likely to crack into the NCAA's seasonal windfall of cash

Posted by Bill Patterson on Apr 2, 2015 2:11:03 PM
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Every year counterfeits take advantage of various popular sports in operations that draw money away from the leagues and organizations sponsoring the athletic events, and into the hands of criminals, and this time of year can prove fruitful for the more opportunistic dabblers in the knock-off apparel market.

Every year counterfeiters take advantage of popular sports in operations that draw money away from the leagues and organizations sponsoring the athletic events and into the hands of criminals, and this time of year can prove fruitful for the more opportunistic dabblers in the knock-off apparel market. 

Football, baseball, basketball and soccer - whatever the sport, chances are it's respective leagues have had to deal with counterfeiters cutting into their profits at one point or another. 

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Topics: Counterfeiting, Licensing, In the Headlines

Counterfeiters will target anything, even toys

Posted by Branddy Spence on Mar 17, 2015 9:00:00 AM
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Some counterfeit toys and products really capture the imagination, like a backpack featuring what must be a cousin of the video game character Sonic, with yellow eyes who shares a first name with Obama, and is, in some way, affiliated with the wizard Harry Potter. However, as ridiculous as they are, they also cut into sales of companies who sell legitimate - and certainly cuter - toys, and can be dangerous to children. 

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Topics: Counterfeiting, Product Authentication, Online Brand Protection, Licensing, In the Headlines, Brand Protection

Counterfeiting news roundup: Feb. 2015

Posted by Branddy Spence on Feb 17, 2015 9:00:00 AM
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Counterfeiting news roundup: Feb. 2015

Operation "Super Fake," illegal immigration, a cigar shop front for counterfeit drugs and arsenic make-up - it's the counterfeiting news roundup for February 2015!

January and early February were active times for counterfeiters, and we've collected some of the most telling stories from all around the world. This is just one more way that OpSec keeps you up to date on what's happening in brand protection. 

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Topics: Counterfeiting, In the Headlines, Brand Protection

Counterfeit Cialis and questions of counterfeit drugs

Posted by Kees Riphagen on Feb 12, 2015 11:45:00 AM
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Counterfeit Cialis and questions of counterfeit drugs

In light of the recent announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that counterfeit versions of the drug Cialis were found in the mail en route to a U.S. customer, we thought it would be a good time to go over some basic facts about prescription drug counterfeiting in America.

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Topics: Counterfeiting, Online Brand Protection, Pharmaceuticals, In the Headlines, Supply Chain Management

NFL fans warned about counterfeit Super Bowl merchandise

Posted by Bill Patterson on Jan 28, 2015 8:07:00 AM
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NFL fans warned about counterfeit Super Bowl merchandise

While counterfeiting is a problem all throughout the year, there are certain events that present a particular risk. Major sporting events like the Super Bowl routinely attract a lot of spending on tickets and merchandise, and wherever there is a lot of consumer spending, the counterfeiters aren't far behind.

In anticipation of the Super Bowl, we'll be taking an in-depth look at the counterfeiting that surrounds it and the extensive brand protection activities that help to protect the league, the teams and most importantly, the fans.

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Topics: Licensing, In the Headlines, Brand Protection, Royalty Protection