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

 

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

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)

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

Knockoff Report™ #552

Counterfeit Chinese Tires May Be Selling Under US Brand Names - Knockoff Report™ #552Counterfeit Chinese Tires May Be Selling Under US Brand Names

3 Steps for Excluding Counterfeit Goods and Protecting Your Brand

China Opens Intellectual Property Courts to Improve Image

The Counterfeiting Conundrum: How Technology Will Slam the Scam

Windows Update Breaking Counterfeit Computer Chips That Users Don’t Even Know They Own

Veterans Affairs Keeps Buying Bogus And Counterfeit Medical Equipment

English Court Requires ISPs To Block Websites Selling Counterfeit Goods

UA Warns Crimson Tide Football Fans of Counterfeit Tickets

Medical Firm Profited on Pain with Knockoff Spine Surgery Hardware

Don’t Get in the Christmas Spirit with Counterfeit Booze

Feds Make $2M Counterfeit Hermès Birkin Handbag Bust at Savannah Port

Houston Flea Market Raided Over Counterfeit Goods

Authorities Warn About Counterfeit Goods as Holiday Shopping Starts

Counterfeit Memorabilia Lawsuit Against Eli Manning, Giants Can Move Forward, Judge Rules

Oxford Police Warn Ole Miss Fans to Watch Out For Counterfeit Football Tickets

Counterfeit Viagra Conman Seth Pennington Pleads Guilty to £11m Fraud

Inspectors Seize Hundreds of Counterfeit Smartphones

1.2 Million Counterfeit Goods Seized in EU-led Operation

Apple Removes Counterfeit App From iTunes

 

Knockoff Report™ #550

Converse Sues 31 Companies Over Alleged Chuck Taylor Knockoff Sneakers - Knockoff Report™ #550Converse Sues 31 Companies Over Alleged Chuck Taylor Knockoff Sneakers

Chinese PM Says Intellectual Property Rights Must be Protected

Former Los Angeles-area Businessman Sentenced to Over 7 Years in Prison for Selling Knock-off Batteries to Navy for Use on Warships

DARPA Technology Uncovers Counterfeit Microchips

Canada’s Combating Counterfeit Products Act Passes Latest Hurdle

Cartier Launches Legal Attempt to Block Websites Selling Counterfeit Goods

Senator Calls for Tougher Regs on Counterfeit Prom Dresses

Sunrise Man Arrested After Deputies Find Card-counterfeiting Device

Counterfeit Viagra Traffickers Thrive in Jongno

Counterfeit Merchandise Seized from South Bend Store

Local 4 Defenders Expose Counterfeit Makeup in Detroit

Counterfeit Wristbands Being Sold for ACL; What to Watch Out For

Four Hackers Pinned for Stealing $100 Million Intellectual Property From U.S. Army, Tech Firms

Craigslist Seller Arrested, Accused of Selling Counterfeit Concert Tickets

Southall Trader Jailed for Selling Counterfeit Bollywood DVDs - Knockoff Report™ #550Southall Trader Jailed for Selling Counterfeit Bollywood DVDs

Pagedale Flea Market Linked to Counterfeit Goods Will Close Next Month

Help! A Fake Version of my Restaurant Opened in China.

Excise Police Seize $500,000 in Knockoffs from Liberty Bell Flea Market

1.2 Million Counterfeit Goods, 130 Million Cigarettes Seized In EU-led Operation

Operation REPLICA Stops Knockoffs From Reaching EU

Houston Man Charged with Trafficking Counterfeit Beats by Dr. Dre

Canadian Man Shipped Knockoff, Flame-shooting Airbags from Blaine

Counterfeit Xbox One Makers Charged in US and Australia

CBP Seizes Counterfeit Handbags en Route to Houston Store

Here’s How Much Italy Spends On Counterfeit Goods

 

Knockoff Report™ #547

Up to 190 Years In Prison for Counterfeit Philly Sports Jerseys - Knockoff Report™ #547Up to 190 Years In Prison for Counterfeit Philly Sports Jerseys

Counterfeit Goods Smuggling Ring Dismantled By FBI

How the Red Baron’s Knockoff Aircraft Became the First Great Warplane

China’s Newest Knockoff Predator Drone Takes to the Skies

Counterfeit Luke Bryan Concert Tickets Prompt Arrests

Alibaba’s IPO May Open Floodgates to Counterfeit Products

Man Accused of Selling Counterfeit Tickets to Jason Aldean SPAC Show in NY

Two Charged in PA with Producing Counterfeit Cards

Segway Owner Claims Chinese Knockoffs Roaming U.S. Streets

Mobile, LA Man Busted With More Than 200 Counterfeit Items

Beware of Knockoffs in App Stores

New Rochelle NY Man Sold Knockoff Bags, Yanks Caps, Cops Say

President Obama Nominates Danny Marti As New ‘Piracy Czar’ - Knockoff Report™ #547President Obama Nominates Danny Marti As New ‘Piracy Czar’

Hadley, MA Police Seize Nearly 500 Counterfeit DVDs from Flea Market

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Import Specialists and Officers Seize Counterfeit Tablets Valued at $1.1 Million

Boardwalk Shop Busted for Counterfeit Goods

Swiss Combat Counterfeit Cheese With DNA Fingerprinting

Police Seize Counterfeit Goods Worth £1m in North Manchester raids

Police Find Drugs and Counterfeit Shoes in Speeding Ute (NSW)

Nespresso Settles With French Regulator on Knockoff Capsules

LVMH Ends Legal Spat With Google Over Counterfeit Search

Dubai Warehouse Raids Net Over 1m Counterfeit Drugs, Cosmetics

Ireland Pair Arrested in Ballymena in Counterfeit Car Products Inquiry

Some Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) Vendors Told to Cease and Desist with Counterfeit Goods

Counterfeit Cosmetics, Weight-Loss Drugs Seized in Dubai

Even Some Prisoners are Chinese Knockoffs

Even Some Prisoners are Chinese Knockoffs

Actual factory we busted in Guangzhou

Throughout the years in the anti-counterfeiting business there have been a few times where we, and our clients, have lauded our victories when a raid was accomplished on a factory making Chinese knockoffs.  Once, I remember, back in 2006 our client’s attorney actually saw thirteen people in handcuffs.  Chinese nationals, in China.  In cuffs for making fakes.  Not bad for a case that started with some handbags sold by a Purse Queen in Missouri!  Every time I tell that story, I finish it with the punchline that “I’m sure the cuffs came right off when my client boarded the plane.”  I’m not faulting China and that really isn’t my point here.  But the disconnect between cultures is.  There is obviously a totally different meaning of ‘authenticity’ when you cross oceans.  You may recall the incident during the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games when the seven year-old vocalist who was commissioned to sing ‘Ode to the Motherland’ was replaced by a prettier lip synching faker.  A recent Slate article reports on a whole new kind of counterfeiting: fake prisoners.  No kidding, guys.  People who are facing jail time in China can hire a less-fortunate guy to confess, or just replace him in the can.  This brings me to a whole new thought on the counterfeit enforcement business.  While diplomacy with China is important in the fight against counterfeit goods, raiding their factories and jailing their owners is probably not effective.

Even Some Prisoners are Chinese Knockoffs

Broken windows theory (courtesy of Wikipedia)

The  most important facet of my solution is to curtail the demand in the United States and other countries with a massive consumer base.  The way to do that is to enforce against all sellers of this product in those countries.  Contrary to the spirit voice in Field of Dreams, wise businessmen will tell you that supply does not dictate demand.  Stop promising your client you’re gonna get the “big factory” and focus on stopping the mid-level distributors here.  I promise your performance numbers will increase and, most important, you will help restore value and dignity to the client’s brand.  I know from great experience that many people who became huge sellers of counterfeit goods here in the United States would have stopped if they had just worn a pair of handcuffs early on.  One night in jail works wonders on the soul.  Enforcing the smaller crimes is part of the plan that makes many of our inner cities safer.  Curtailing vandalism in your neighborhood leads to less violence down the line.  In tough economic times it is easy to cut costs and focus on the biggest problems.  The problem with the latter is that no big problem started that way.  My suggestion to my readers is to simply place most of your efforts on the cities and countries with the highest retail sales of genuine product.  I’m not talking about the people selling fakes at swap meets or in the bad neighborhoods.  I’m speaking of the mid-level distributors who are getting their product directly from China and supplying those folks.

Now I’m going to finish my coffee.

Anatomy of an Idiot or: The Case of the Counterfeit Judge

Doh!

Image via Wikipedia

As I regularly search for shows on my TiVo using keywords that relate to my interests and work, I ran across a rerun of ‘Swift Justice with Nancy Grace‘ that originally aired on 2/28/11 entitled “An online rip-off; pit bull puppies”.  This was caught in my filter because the word ‘knockoff’ was in the show’s description.  In this episode, the first case was of a woman who had purchased a pair of Coach boots from a website buymerchant.com.  Upon receipt of the boots, the Plaintiff stated that she believed they were counterfeit and was entitled to a refund of $174 USD.  Whether the goods in this case were actually counterfeit is actually not even relevant to what I’m about to share.  What followed was some of the most irresponsible judiciary-slash-journalistic behavior I have ever seen.

Grace first examines the boots saying, “If these are fake, I’ll buy ‘em!  I’m all about fakes!”  She then hollers backstage, “Hey, bring me out my my ‘Frauda’!”  She giggled and looked back at the camera explaining, “My fake Prada.  I love it.”  As she brings the conversation back to the case on hand, she turns to the Plaintiff and uttered in a snarky drawl, “So… you don’t like fakes?”

After picking up my jaw from the atop my Birkenstock I witness Grace call in her ‘expert’  to authenticate the boots.  This guy’s qualifications were that he was a former employee at a Coach store.  Wait, it gets better.  As he makes his unconvincing case, Grace barks again and looks offstage, “Hey, bring me back my fake!”  Then she asks her expert to authenticate her ‘Frauda’.  He explains to her that it is counterfeit and that a real handbag of this type is of higher quality and would retail for about $1,500 USD.  Then Grace starts howling like a preacher with a bellyache with, “Fifteen… hundred… dollars?!?!?!  Do you know how long I’ve had this thing?  Five years.  That’s a good quality bag!”  Just as I did, you are probably asking if this idiot actually admitted to purchasing illegal goods, defend it and then promote the behavior from her bench on national television.  Yes.  She did.  You can witness an excerpt of the event for yourself by clicking this link here: http://www.swiftjustice.com/case_files/2011-02-28

While much of the civilized world is trying to discourage this type of contraband activity, we have a nitwit like this adjudicating cases with her own television show, and doling out legal advice on CNN.  While Nancy Grace is hosting ‘Swift Justice’, what she really needs is a swift kick in the rear end.

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