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Wall Street Journal: Counterfeiting is the Biggest Transnational Crime

Counterfeit Prom Dress Warning Issued

Drug Dealers Thought They Were Selling Heroin, Were Actually Slinging Knockoff Fentanyl

Clampdown on Counterfeit Drugs Sees 40 New Engineering Jobs Created

Trump Takes on Counterfeiting with Executive Order

Dallas BBB Warns Of Websites Selling Counterfeit Gear

Alibaba’s Response to Counterfeit Goods Claims

Coty Argues For Brand Protection, Not a Restriction of Online Sales

California CEO Pleads Guilty in Houston to Trafficking in Counterfeit Labels and Packaging

Counterfeit Tobacco and Cigarettes Sold on Facebook

Artificial Sweetener Maker Splenda Sues IHOP and Applebee’s for Using ‘Cheap Chinese Knockoff While Making Customers Think it’s the Real Thing’

Why Canada is a Haven for Knockoff Goods

G Pen Maker Awarded $47m in Counterfeit Case

Centre County Man Pleads to Felony Trademark Counterfeiting

Man Pleads Guilty After Found in Possession of $10K Worth of Counterfeit Goods

One in Five Mobile Phones Sold Across Borders is a Fake

Dubai Seizes More Than 3m Counterfeit Goods in Four Raids

Police Seize $75K in Counterfeit Prescription Drugs in Cambridge

SKF India Seizes Fake Bearings Worth Rs 50 lakh

R18m Worth Counterfeit Goods, Stolen Cars, Illegal Firearms Seized

Amazon Seller Wins $6.8M in Suit Over Knockoff Fitness Gear

Knockoff Report™ #598

November 17, 2016

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Amazon Takes Counterfeit Sellers to Court for First Time

Don’t Copy Me, Bro: How Tech Innovators Can Knock Out Knockoffs

Smart Batteries Offer Charge Indicators and Counterfeit Protection

Steelers Fans Duped: Increase of Counterfeit Tickets Sold Against Cowboys

Counterfeit Products Hurt The Consumer And The Economy

Brothers Accused of Selling Counterfeit Denver Broncos Merchandise Get Probation

On Your Side: Beware of Counterfeit Items Showing up on Social Media

Don’t Get Faked Out With Counterfeit Cubs Collectibles, FBI Warns

Beware of Fake Apps Selling Counterfeit Items

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5 Reasons Why You Should Avoid Knockoff Makeup

Rare Look Inside FDLE Crime Lab Tracking Deadly, Counterfeit Pills

Groupon at Center of Fake Goods Scandal as Probe Reveals Sale of Dodgy Designer Gear

Counterfeit Goods Seized in Probe Into Secret Facebook Group

White Hall (Arkansas) Police Seized More Than 2,000 Counterfeit DVD’s, Arrest Two

Blair County (Pennsylvania) Business Has Counterfeit Items Seized, Claims Ignorance

DuPont Issues Warning About Counterfeit Resin in China

Peru Man Charged in Paris with Aggravated Trafficking, Furnishing Counterfeit Drugs

NBI Seizes P2.4M Worth of Counterfeit Socks

Murang’a (Kenya) Leaders Issue Stern Warning to Makers of Counterfeit Alcohol

Deadly Counterfeit Opioid Pills Fooling Experts, Killing Californians

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Happy Tenth Birthday, IPCybercrime!

Ten years ago on this date you may have seen a goofball driving down Washington Boulevard in Culver City blasting the Tom Petty song ‘Free Falling’ while joyfully singing out the car window as if he were Tom Cruise in ‘Jerry Maguire‘.  That was me.  The reason for this occasion was that, just like the title character of the aforementioned film, I quit my job with no safety net or certain future in order to start my own business.

Six years prior to that, I married the love of my life.  Believe it or not, the anniversary of our marriage doesn’t equate to me as much as the day I told my wife that we were never going to have to have jobs again.  I stopped off at the grocery store on the corner of Doheny and Beverly and came home with that chilled  ten-dollar bottle of California sparkling wine.

Rob at work in 2001

I began my company in the kitchen of my one-bedroom apartment on Oakhurst Drive in Beverly Hills.  All I had was a desk, a fax machine, and a computer that I assembled myself from scraps.  I spent the next week or two learning Quickbooks.  During this time I attended the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition’s Fall Meeting in Las Vegas.  This was the first time I showed up in public as Rob Holmes, proprietor.  Just as for my father before me, this organization and its members are my family and home.  I look forward to spending my tenth IACC Fall Meeting in Orlando with these fine people.

Since 2001 I have carved a niche for myself in the areas of Intellectual Property and the Internet.  I catch bad guys and get paid for it.  Half of the time I’m sitting on my ass at Starbucks.  Life is good.  Thanks to all of you who have made this a possibility for me.  I love you all.  Let’s have another great decade.

Now I’m going to finish my coffee.