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

 

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I Kept Driving and Tomorrow Kept Coming

In 1999 I embarked on creating what I wanted to be the ultimate list of songs to play in my car.  So I rooted through my music collection and pulled, opened, read, contemplated, played, meditated, listened and came up with ‘the list’. I then ripped the songs and burned them to a compact disc. Since then, I have owned three vehicles: a black Nissan Pathfinder, a black Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited and (currently) a silver Toyota Prius.  Whether one of its songs were cranked up loud on a drive home from the office, or playing in the background while driving cross-country with my wife, or if it was sitting patiently tucked away while I was exploring a newly-purchased album; this same silvery, scratched, sharpie-scribbled disc has been with me on every journey.

Rob's Pathfinder upside down on the freeway

Rob’s Pathfinder upside down on the freeway

On a Saturday morning in 2005, shortly after the death of my father, I was driving down the 10 Freeway in Los Angeles when a man in a red Jeep Wrangler ran me off the road and kept driving.  I lost control of my steering and rolled about six times down a hill, with my car landing upside down on another freeway.  Unable to see oncoming traffic from my vantage point, I hung there uncertain of my future.  So I unclasped my seatbelt, fell on the roof and exited the vehicle without a scratch.  Days later I got another car and the disc came with me.  I kept driving and tomorrow kept coming.

Today, I decided to share this intimate list of songs with you, along with links to play them.  I hope they comfort, energize, daze and inspire you wherever you are going.  In the last twelve years, I have experienced great success, huge failure, extreme happiness and terrible tragedy.  I still don’t know where I’m going and I wouldn’t change a thing.  I leave you with one piece of advice: “If you keep driving tomorrow will keep coming.”

“Theme from Shaft” – Isaac Hayes

“Truck Turner (Main Theme)” – Isaac Hayes

“Superstition” – Stevie Wonder

“It’s In The Way That You Use It” – Eric Clapton

“Cruel Little Number” – Jeff Healey Band

“But It’s Alright” – Huey Lewis and The News

“Indian Outlaw” – Tim McGraw

“Bullet the Blue Sky (Live Version)” – U2

“Give to Live” – Sammy Hagar

“I Feel Lucky” – Mary Chapin-Carpenter

“Showdown” – Electric Light Orchestra

“Superfly” – Curtis Mayfield

“Gotcha (Theme From Starsky and Hutch)” – Tom Scott and the L.A. Express

“Couldn’t Get It Right” – Climax Blues Band

Evidence is Everything

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I was twelve years old when my father, Robert L. Holmes Sr., asked me to go along with him to purchase an MTV t-shirt at the Columbus Farmers Market in Columbus, NJ.  That day I learned what a chain of custody was.  The second an investigator touches an item (as fledgling as I was) the item was in custody.  Once that second begins so does the chain, sayeth the Old Man.  Once I first touched it I then must pass on, and communicate, that responsibility to the next individual who may touch the item.  Ever since that day in 1982 I realized that, once I touch something that was a part of a case, it was my responsibility until someone I deemed  responsible took possession and released me of Custody.

I was no Bobby Fisher but my Dad taught me, and I understood, chess at the age of four.  I played with him regularly and got the game.  He even let me win once.  One of the things I most remember from playing with the Old Man was that, after making a move,  I could take all the time I wanted.  I could even change my mind and move back.  But once I removed my finger from the game piece, my move was over and my decision forever made.

I have many philosophies; political, spiritual, professional and others.  Some of those ideals have been modified and influenced throughout the years.  Little did Bob know his philosophies would cross game play and flea markets and be the basis for my every move in business.  The one thing that will never change in my world is the fact that evidence must be preserved at all cost.

I recently found myself in extraordinary circumstances where I was forced to make some very quick decisions in a short period of time.  I was in the American Mid-west conducting a seizure out of town when opposing counsel made numerous threats that led my client and myself to believe we may be in danger.  At bare minimum, our evidence was for sure.  The decisions I made that night could possibly have impacted my Client’s life’s work.  Forget me and my safety.  Evidence is everything.  I know many of you would say that I am crazy to put a client, or their evidence, before myself.  That’s because you don’t get it.

One of the staples of modern American culture is the private eye.  Whether you reflect upon your real-life heroes like Rob Holmes or the fictional writings of greats like Raymond Chandler, Mickey Spillane, Robert B. Parker or Robert Crais, one thing is consistent: the case comes first.  This is not just television and movies.  Real private eyes are a unique breed just like our fictional counterparts.  Sometimes art imitates life and sometimes life imitates art.  But, once retained by a client, a private eye puts the case before himself.  We don’t have certifications and diplomas that doctors and lawyers have to influence the public’s perception of our image.  We have but one thing: our integrity.  That, sir, is everything.

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