Why Chinese Websites Are Taking Over B2B

Why Chinese Websites Are Taking Over B2B - IPCybercrimeHistorically, counterfeit goods have been manufactured in China as long as genuine goods have been mass produced there.  What you may not know is that, from an e-commerce standpoint, China’s tech sector has lagged behind the United States’ Silicon Valley region for almost a decade. In only recent months we have heard of Business-to-Consumer (B2C) Chinese websites such as Taobao, Weibo, AliExpress and Jingdong in the news on a regular basis.  It wasn’t until recently that the Chinese counterfeiters found their way to sell directly to consumers here in the United States.  Before then, the culture gap made it difficult for Chinese websites to sell directly to English-speaking consumers.  This a spawned a mid-2000s explosion of US-based sellers purchasing goods from wholesalers in China and marketing to their own countrymen on e-commerce websites they’d create themselves.  This primarily began on Business-to-Business (B2B) websites such as Alibaba, Tradekey, EC21 and the like.  During this developing period, Chinese sourcing agents would act as middlemen to connect American sellers with factories overseas, leaving the American market to the American middleman.  In the last few years there has been a drastic drop in the amount of counterfeit websites based in the United States.  This is primarily because the next generation, also known as Millennials, made this method obsolete.  Through the miracle of Kanye West, Weird Al and a string of Transformers movies, we have seen the once-regional culture gap disappear before our eyes.

The current global climate of e-commerce online is as close to one culture than mankind has ever seen.  Now, children are connecting with one another, consummating transactions and finalizing payment while on their smartphones in the back of the bus on the way to school.  This isn’t your father’s Internet.  It’s your grandson’s.  Deal with it.  With the growing Chinese consumer population in the United States, it is more important than ever to monitor that activity.  Did you know that Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba recently announced plans for a US-based data center to compete head-to-head with Amazon?  We know how important it is to have investigators who know the web better than anyone else.  We also know that it is important have an in-house investigator on hand who natively speaks, reads and writes the most popular Chinese dialects, both Mandarin and Cantonese.  New in 2014, IPCybercrime took on a team member to address this concern.  We now have an insured, licensed in-house investigator who holds a United States citizenship and is fluent in Chinese.  This same investigator has been trained by our team in online forensics and maintains our in-house standard of evidence collection.  Most recently we used this valuable resource to get the goods on one of the world’s largest websites on behalf of a major brand owner. We are always innovating to meet your needs.  If you want to stay one step ahead of your problem on Chinese websites, don’t wait any longer.  Contact us.

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Domain Valuation: There is No Kelley Blue Book

Domain Valuation There is No Kelley Blue Book - IPCybercrimeWhen someone goes about buying a car, there is a valuation model to follow.  If a car is brand new, the value is set by the manufacturer, which allows for their margin plus a margin for the dealer.  Once a vehicle is driven off of the lot the depreciation begins.  That is, unless the vehicle’s value appreciates.  Take, for example, the greatest car ever constructed, the Shelby Mustang GT500 of the late 1060s and early 1970s.  When the 1971 model starred in the film classic Gone in 60 Seconds, it changed the world of movie car chases.  The 2000 Nicholas Cage remake of Gone in 60 Seconds used a 1967 model of the same vehicle, and revitalized the world’s fascination with “Eleanor” (the code name given to the sumptuous steel vixen).  That particular model was recently sold at auction for over one million dollars.  If you’re lucky, you’ll find a fix-er-upper for $100,000.  That’s a far cry from the original sticker price of $8,000 when it was sold right off of the assembly line.

This same story can be told about domain valuation.  There are websites out there giving ‘valuations’ of domain names but, as well-meaning as they may be, only take into account simple factors such as keyword popularity, selling price of similar names and very little else.  Domain valuation is never that simple.  When we first receive a request from a client to inquire about the purchase of a domain we first investigate the owner.  This allows us to take into account factors such as their initial intention, other uses, their tech savvy and even their financial bracket.  Typically there are two kinds of domain owners out there.  The first is the ‘domainer’, who valuates the domain using a cold formula then awaits a reasonable price and moves on to the next domain.  No emotion is tied to the deal.  It’s just a number.  Then there’s the individual who purchased it with a vision in mind, went to the trouble to register the same name on other social networks and sees the name’s potential in a way that only a parent can with its own child.  With the latter person, it doesn’t matter if the project is dead or alive; whether they are in need of funds or not.  To them, the name is priceless.

This does not mean there isn’t a number that could greenlight this sale.  It just means that the owner of the name values it in such a way that ‘they’ can’t put a price on it.  There is always a price.  It is our job to begin a negotiation that welcomes a dialogue.  This means to get to know the individual and build rapport.  It also means we need to come up with a starting price that does not turn them away.  If I offered you $500 for Eleanor, you’d likely not return my call and, even more likely burn me for future contact.  Our approach has shaved millions off of domain name selling prices.  This doesn’t mean we’ll be able to buy you a domain for a fraction of its potential price.  What we guarantee at IPCybercrime will provide honest, respectful treatment of both sides and the best possible outcome for you, the buyer.

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Social Discovery is Changing Everything

How Social Discovery is Changing Everything (jars) - IPCybercrimeWhenever a legal incident that begins online comes to notice there is a very small window to manage the collection and preservation of the data. If you’ve ever watched the popular A&E documentary television series entitled “The First 48“, you have been exposed to the importance placed into the actions that take place within first couple of days after the discovery of the crime.  Just as in the physical world, a “CSI” team must be the first to step in to ‘freeze’ that moment in time for later analysis.  No one else involved should touch anything until it has been preserved by their trained evidence collection team. Popular culture has conditioned us to accept this process in the physical world. Over the last decade, we have been introduced to the concept of computer forensics where a computer or smartphone may contain important data and must be preserved. But what happens when that case begins online? Online cases far outnumber both physical crimes and also crimes that start with a device that is in your custody. In these cases, the collection of data must be handled with much more care and finesse.

This is where Social Discovery comes in. The most common methods of preserving a moment of time online are: 1) Taking a screenshot using software like TechSmith’s Snagit, 2) printing to PDF, or 3) downloading the entire website using an offline browsing tool such as HTTrack. All of these methods are good, but they do not present data in a forensic fashion that can be scrutinized later by an expert. A screenshot can be taken of a doctored web page. The same can be done with a PDF printout. Files can be manipulated in an offline browser after download. In all of these cases the case is relying only on the testimony and the credibility of the individual who collected the data. There is no benchmark with which to measure his/her accuracy by an outside expert.  Social Discovery, a very recent specialty introduced in the last couple of years, has made it possible for online acquisition of data to be held to the same standard as blood evidence and computer forensics. Let’s face it. More crimes are taking place in the cloud than known locations. This requires a tried process that has been tested in court. Social Discovery is a process that ensures all data is not only collected properly, but preserved with the proper forensic properties including a hash value that can be compared to the original. This will be the difference whether or not your online evidence stands the scrutiny of the opposing counsel’s expert.

At IPCybercrime, all of the common techniques are included in every service we provide. We also recommend that you request our additional Social Discovery service. For an additional fee, we can deliberately collect every tweet, Facebook post, Youtube video, or anything else that can be published online. Social Discovery also includes forensic collection of web-based emails such as GMail, Hotmail and Yahoo! (if credentials are provided by deponent).  Whatever you do, make sure you have your bases covered. Social Discovery is the way to go.

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Knockoff Report™ #561

Over 150,000 Pairs of Fake Nike, Adidas Shoes Destroyed - Knockoff Report™ #561Over 150,000 Pairs of Fake Nike, Adidas Shoes Destroyed

Five Charged With Selling Counterfeit DVDs and Compact Discs at Georgetown Flea Market

Annual USTR Notorious Markets Report Points Fingers, Includes Domain Registrars For First Time

Alibaba Not Notorious, But U.S. Keeping a Watchful Eye

Edison Family Sentenced in Fake Designer Cosmetics Ring

Prince Albert Police Seize Counterfeit OxyContin, Meth, Cocaine, Ecstasy

The Apple Watch May Already Have a Knockoff

Grass Valley Man Accused of Selling Counterfeit Gold

Nigeria: NAFDAC Declares Drug Counterfeit Kingpin Wanted

'Power Rangers' Creator Knock It Off With Your Van Der Beek Knockoff - Knockoff Report™ #561‘Power Rangers’ Creator: Knock It Off With Your Van Der Beek Knockoff

Terex Warns About Counterfeit Cranes

Illegal, Immoral, and Here to Stay: Counterfeiting and the 3D Printing Revolution

Christian Lusardi Prepares to Face Sentencing in Counterfeiting Charges

Feds Charge Napa Man With Counterfeit Viagra Sales

In Search of Legislation to Curb Counterfeit Drugs in Nigeria

Boston Designer Raps Kanye West Knockoff

Crooks Sell Counterfeit Bin Bags After City Shops and Pubs are Forced to Stump Up £1.17 Per Refuse Sack

Jimmy Choo and Mulberry Fakes Land Bradley Stoke Woman in Court

Consumer Alert: Counterfeit Car Parts

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Knockoff Report™ #560

Counterfeit Websites Removed by UK Police - Knockoff Report™ #560Chinese Counterfeit Caviar Among Tonnes of Fake Food and Drink Seized by Interpol

Counterfeit Websites Removed by UK Police

State Worker Charged With Selling Counterfeit Phone Cases

The Owner of a Leyton Based Company has Been Ordered to Pay £100k After Being Caught Selling Counterfeit Goods

Plant for Bottling Counterfeit Vodka Raided as Police Seized 2,500 Litres of Fake Wine and Spirits

Police Bust Italian Electronics Counterfeiting Ring

Four Arrested As Gauteng Police Seize Counterfeit Goods in Johannesburg


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Knockoff Report™ #559

Alibaba Dealings With Chinese Regulator Draw SEC Interest - Knockoff Report™ #559Alibaba Dealings With Chinese Regulator Draw SEC Interest

Dallas Police Task Force Comes Knocking for Purveyors of Knockoffs

Turkey Ranks Behind China in Production of Counterfeit Goods

Counterfeit Engines Seized in Cebu

Millions in Counterfeit Super Bowl Goods Seized in ‘Operation Super Fake’ at Local Facility

Man Pleads Guilty to Producing Counterfeit Military ID Cards

Amazon Accidentally Ships Counterfeit AMD APUs

International Report – Customs Recordal Now Available in Canada to Combat Counterfeit Goods

4 Cell Phone Stores Raided for Selling Counterfeit Merchandise

B.C. First Nation Takes on Ralph Lauren Over Knockoff Sweaters

Police: Duo Sold Counterfeit Luke Bryan Tickets

Tredegar Man Who Sold Counterfeit iPhone Earphones Jailed for 16 Weeks and Fined £27k - Knockoff Report™ #559Tredegar Man Who Sold Counterfeit iPhone Earphones Jailed for 16 Weeks and Fined £27k

Fake Perfume Factory Shut

Police in Vietnam Seize Counterfeit Cosmetics Heading to China

Attempt to Smuggle Counterfeit Cigarettes Worth RM7.7m Stubbed Out

EUBAM Helps Ukrainian Customs Seize Counterfeit Goods

Organised Crime ‘Deeply Involved in Counterfeit Trade’

1,900 Counterfeit Cigarettes Seized in Wisbech Raid

Bill Would Make Counterfeit Airbags Illegal

Bed Bath & Beyond Sued Over Alleged Longchamp Knockoffs

Counterfeit Branded Bags Worth RM50,000 Seized in Penang

Man Arrested for Counterfeit Viagra

Counterfeit Items Seized from Two Rockingham County Convenience Stores

Feds Fight the Booming Business of Counterfeit Sports Goods

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Knockoff Report™ #558

‘Broad City’ Season 2 Episode 4 Recap “Knockoffs” - Knockoff Report™ #558Broad City’ Season 2 Episode 4 Recap: “Knockoffs”

How China’s Alibaba Helps Counterfeit Goods Reach US Pirates, Amazon

How Does Alibaba Counter Fakes? Let It Count the Ways

JD.com Pushes Authenticity Angle With French Mall Launch

Feds Seize $19.5 Million in Counterfeit Items Ahead of Super Bowl

The Fight Against Counterfeit Products in Canada Just Got Easier

Pennsylvania Man Sentenced for Selling Counterfeit Cellphone Cases in Maine

Dreamy Fashion Shoot Makes Knockoff Designer Handbags Look Good

Inside the East London Counterfeit T-Shirt Factory Churning out Fake Merchandise Including Nirvana, Superman and Motorhead Tops

Ocmulgee Drug Task Force Counterfeit Raid Nets Two Milledgeville Store Owners

12,900 Counterfeit Mobile Phones and Accessories Seized from Little India Shops - Knockoff Report™ #55812,900 Counterfeit Mobile Phones and Accessories Seized from Little India Shops

GPD: Man Busted with $10K-Worth of Knock-Off Purses and More

Mahindra Raids Makers Of Counterfeit Auto Parts

Strange Brews Podcast: The Case of the Counterfeit Beer

Canada Goose Knockoffs Worry Winter-Coat Competitor

Siblings Sentenced to Home Detention for Trafficking Counterfeit Clothing

$19.5 Million Worth of Fake NFL Goods Was Seized in One of the Largest Sports-Related Counterfeit Operations

Phuket Police Seize Counterfeit Goods Worth B3 Million

Counterfeit Xiaomi Power Bank Being Sold on Snapdeal

Multi-millionaire Businessman Arrested After Series of Police Raids

Silk Road Suspect Used Multiple Aliases

Saanich Police Seize Phoney Phones Pitched on Internet Site

LEGO Minecraft KnockOff Minifigures (Bootleg)

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Knockoff Report™ #557

Fake ‘Apple Watch Prototype’ Sells For Hundreds on eBay - Knockoff Report™ #557Fake ‘Apple Watch Prototype’ Sells For Hundreds on eBay

Phoenix Police Brace for More Counterfeit NFL Goods

Counterfeit Cialis Found Entering U.S. by Mail: FDA

Man Accused of Trying to Sell More Than $46,000 Worth of Counterfeit Items

Over Half the Brand Name Items Sold on China’s Version of Ebay Are Counterfeit, Study Says

Counterfeit Seahawks Jerseys Seized From Washington Man in Arizona

Police in China Nab Five for Counterfeit Train Tickets

Fake Condoms, Viagra, Seized and Online Network Shut Down

Man Obsessed with eBay Jailed for Selling Counterfeit DVDs and Money Laundering £500k

Warning to Parents Using Counterfeit Chargers After Toy Car Bursts Into FlamesWarning to Parents Using Counterfeit Chargers After Toy Car Bursts Into Flames - Knockoff Report™ #557

Two Arraigned for Selling Counterfeit Electronics, Including Phony iPhones and iPads

Pair Jailed After Online Fake Goods Scam

Gang Traded in Counterfeit Goods ‘on Industrial Scale’ on Facebay by Sheerness Couple Darren Hilton and Sharon Marlow

Estee Lauder Wins $1.8M in Counterfeit MAC Cosmetics Suit

Shopkeeper Sentenced After Sniffer Dogs Find 800 Counterfeit Golden Virginia, Drum and Mayfair Tobacco and Cigarette Packs

Counterfeit MAC Makeup Could be Toxic

Second Turkish Man Sentenced for Smuggling Counterfeit Cancer Drugs

Haul of Counterfeit Nike Trainers Worth £250,000 Seized at Harwich International Port

Anti-Counterfeiting Alliance Formed in Beijing

Men Charged with Welling Counterfeit Patriots Tickets

$1M in Fake Serchandise Seized in Lead-up to Super Bowl

How to Avoid Counterfeit Printer Supplies

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Fakes in Film: Elementary

Fakes in Film Elementary - Knockoff ReportBeing raised in a family of private eyes named ‘Holmes’, I was bred to consume and critique the plethoric flow of Sherlock Holmes imitations as they careened by.  The truest incarnation of the Great Detective is, without peer, Jeremy Brett.  All others are just fun.  Jonny Lee Miller fits this bill in spades.  In the CBS crime drama “Elementary” he plays Sherlock Holmes, a recovering addict whose one-time sober companion, Joan Watson (played well by Lucy Liu, fluidly filling the once-male role) assists and chronicles his cases.  Of all of the humdrum procedural crime dramas on television, I’ve found myself drawn to the CBS show “Elementary”.  What may have begun as a familial obligation grew to an appreciation of the creators’ ability to tug at threads not yet before explored without losing any of the elements of the manically dependent genius we all know and respect.

After returning home from a short trip to Phoenix, Wifey and I sat and queued up the latest episode of “Elementary”.  In Season 3, Episode 10, entitled “Seed Money” Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of a bioengineer who worked for a drug cartel.  Initially, the investigation revealed that he was engineering marijuana strains for a large profit.  At the moment, the motive seemed to be that Mr. Scientist decided to leave his life of crime and he was offed by his employers.  Then, the hyper-aware Holmes observed a rare orchid in the scientist’s lab.  Turns out it’s not only stolen, but the rarest flower in the world, valued at $250,000.  As they explore his online activities, they find that he had sold this flower to an online auction bidder.  Since the item was still sitting on his desk, Holmes and Watson acted on the suspicion that Mr. Scientist had ripped someone off and was murdered as a result.  Turns out [SPOILER] this guy was such an amazing genetic engineer that he figured out how to counterfeit the rarest flower in the world.  The rest of the story involved an evil corporation and the wrath of a woman scorned.  Believe me, I know.  A woman scorned trumps an evil corporation every time.  No exceptions.  All in all, a fun yarn for a Thursday night.

As innovation progresses, fiction writers explore the possibilities of counterfeiting the less-than-conventional sides of the intellectual property world.  As we move forward in this unbelievable journey we call life we will continue to see creation and innovation dominate so many areas not previously explored.  Decades ago, intellectual property meant logos, words, processes and secrets.  Now we are seeing that the possibilities are endless.  I pinch myself some days because I am amazed to be witness to what our fathers and grandfathers would never have dreamed of.  And those who did dream of it called it science fiction.  Here’s to an unpredictable, exciting and volatile future.

Now, I’m going to drink my coffee.

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Knockoff Report™ #556

Killing, Not Curing: Deadly Boom in Counterfeit Medicine in Afghanistan

Man’s Counterfeit Goods Empire Uncovered – When Someone Tried to Break into his Car

Phoenix Firefighter Arrested; Accused of Selling Counterfeit Jerseys

Police Seize Fake Oxycontin, Guns in Major Organized Crime Investigation

Couple Electronically Tagged Over Counterfeit Cigarettes

DARPA Doubles Down on Anti-Counterfeiting Program

Alibaba, Microsoft Agree to Crack Down on Counterfeit Software

What it’s Like Using a $27 Apple Watch Knockoff

Man Faces 17 Charges Relating to Selling of Counterfeit Medications Over the Internet Following Raid in Ipswich

Tamworth People Urged to Avoid Pitfalls of Counterfeit Goods in 2015

Counterfeit Refrigerants Throw a Scare in UAE

Cracking Down On College Football Counterfeit Goods

You Can Download North Korea’s OS X Knockoff for Desktops (But Don’t)

Thousands of Counterfeit Items Stopped at New Zealand Borders

Saskatoon Police Warn of Counterfeit Drugs Believed to be Behind Overdose Deaths

Deputies Seize Hundreds of Counterfeit Movies

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