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Knockoff Report™ #609

Hey all!

I’ve been out of touch so far this summer.  I lost my step mother in May to cancer.  From a professional standpoint, you may know her as Cheryl Holmes, CFO of Holmes Hi-Tech NY in the 80s ans 90s. Best detective I ever knew.  Things are good and the family is coping fine.  After that, my nephew (and official mini-me), Jake Holmes (son of our fearless President Jason Holmes) graduated high school. So Wifey and I headed back to Plano to the IPCybercrime HQ, did some business and saw Jake do his thing.  Then we brought him back to Venice Beach for some fun. Cases have been coming in and we’re closing them with great results. All else is good. Summer has been breezing through and this is my first post since April.

I’m thinking about different ways to deliver content (podcast, YouTube, etc.).  Let me know what you may be interested in.  I definitely want to continue to be the only one who gets you your IP news in a fun way.

Now, I’m going to finish my coffee.

 

 

 

 

Top Headlines

Pope ChalicePope Francis Buys Knockoff Chalice At Store In Vatican City Chinatown (Satire)

Cyberespionage: Your Intellectual Property Under Threat

Get Your Fake Yeezys: Counterfeit Ads Are All Over Instagram

Counterfeit Products Become Bigger Issue for Walmart

Chanel Scores Win Against Amazon Sellers in Counterfeit Fight

Burberry Seeks Damages From Counterfeiting Network

Congress Shouldn’t Let a Dangerous World into our Medicine Cabinets

If Your Air Conditioning Goes Out – Look Out For Counterfeit Refrigerants

CEO Sentenced to Prison for Counterfeit Software Scheme

Minority Communities Need Better Health Care, Not Counterfeit Drugs

3 Men Arrested for Selling Counterfeit Damien Hirst Art

Publishers Charge Follett with Selling Counterfeit Texts

Moet Hennessy Wins Counterfeit Case Against Aacker in Hong Kong

U.S. Local

Rocket CoptersCBP Officers Seize Counterfeit Rocket Copters

Counterfeit Items Seized in 7 Indiana Counties

Police Seize Counterfeit Goods, Pot in Graham Salon Investigation

Gucci Belts, Lacoste Shirts: An NC Flea Market Sold Them, But Agents Say They Were Fake

Amazon not Liable for Those Who Sell Knockoffs on its Site

Online Counterfeit Prescription Drugs Becoming a Growing and Dangerous Trend in the U

Couple Sentenced in Scheme to Counterfeit 5-Hour Energy Shots

In Detroit, Jack Ma Called Counterfeit Goods the “Cancer” of Alibaba

Gardner Man Pleads Guilty in Counterfeit Steroids Conspiracy

New Mexico Senators Combating Counterfeit Tribal Art

Massachusetts Man Charged With Selling Counterfeit Items

Oregon Man Pleads Guilty to Trafficking Counterfeit Nike Shoes from China

International

Knockoff LamborghiniDriver of Knockoff Lamborghini in China Stopped by Police

Trader Who Fleeced Football Fans With Counterfeit Scarves Banned From the Borough of Brent

Hundreds of Suspected Fake Designer Goods Seized from Leysdown

Fined €500 for Selling Counterfeit Nokia Phone Covers

How to Distinguish an Original Product from a Counterfeit One

Counterfeit Handbag Empire Brought Down After Thousands of Fakes Found in Leytonstone Lock-ups

Warning About Counterfeit Nokia Phones Sold in Thailand

How to Spot Counterfeit Wine

Europe: 122 Tonnes of Illegal and Counterfeit Pesticides Seized During “Silver Axe II” Operation

Belarus, China Team up Against International Trade in Counterfeit Goods

Confiscated Cigarettes to be Converted into Electricity

China, India Lead as Biggest Producers of Counterfeit Goods, Study Shows

Counterfeiting, a Threat to Nigerian Economy

Vintage Luxury Watch Seller With a Sensible Rant on Knockoffs

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China Expands Influence in Pakistan by Flooding Markets with Knockoff Goods - Knockoff Report™ #588China Expands Influence in Pakistan by Flooding Markets with Knockoff Goods

Virginia Woman Pocketed $1M Buying Designer Handbags, Returning Chinese Knockoffs in Their Place

Congress Strengthens Trade-related Intellectual Property Protection

Counterfeits, Knockoffs, Replicas: Parsing the Legal Implications

5 Charged With Running New York Counterfeit Perfume Ring

Social Media Boosts Luxury Goods Counterfeit Economy

Two Men Arrested for Allegedly Selling Counterfeit Tickets to Stanley Cup Finals

Bought Stinky Perfume? Counterfeit Perfume Ring Might be to Blame

5 Mislabeled and Counterfeit Foods That Prove Expensive Meals Can Be Costly Lies

Pennsylvania Man Sold Counterfeit DVDs While State Candidate

Indian Fruit Growers Demand Counterfeit Pesticides Ban

Counterfeit Beauty Products Are on the Rise, According to ICE

Missouri Woman Involved in Counterfeit Phone Scheme

Poundworld Recalls Counterfeit Fuses Which Pose Serious Injury to Shoppers - Knockoff Report™ #588Poundworld Recalls Counterfeit Fuses Which Pose ‘Serious Injury’ to Shoppers

NBA Asks Fans Not to Buy Counterfeit Merchandise

Is the World’s Most Expensive Wine Fake? Wine Auction Hit by Counterfeit Fears

From Wumart to Uncle Martian, Experts Say China’s Copycat Problem is Big

Toronto Police Investigate Multiple Cases of Counterfeit Tokens as TTC Phases Out Old Coins

Counterfeit Alcohol Packaging is Now More sleek, Professional and Harder to Detect

Thousands Of Counterfeit Toyota Parts Discovered At Manufacturing Facility In China

NYSP: Man Had Counterfeit DVDs, Drugs During Traffic Stop

Canada Acts to Prevent Importation of Counterfeit Goods into Canada

Major Automaker May Finally Be Striking Back At Chinese Knockoffs

Jakarta Cops Seize 2,128 Pairs of Counterfeit Shoes

Facebook, Instagram Widely Used to Sell Counterfeit Luxury Goods

Tanzania: Fair Competition Commission Seizes Counterfeit Goods

Cialis Makers Allege Individuals Sold Counterfeit Products

Cops – The LA Project: Counterfeit Meds (Kids’ School Project: VERY COOL!)

Knockoff Report™ #584: Would You Like Chips With Your Monkey Meat?

Knockoff Report 584 Tijuana Man Charged With Importing Counterfeit Pain Pills Containing Potentially Deadly ChemicalThe Fakes Industry is Worth $461 Billion

Tijuana Man Charged With Importing Counterfeit Pain Pills Containing Potentially Deadly Chemical

Chinese Chip Counterfeiter, Lured to US in Sting, Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy

Instagram’s Sponsored Ads Include Counterfeit Sellers

$1M in Knockoff Products Seized in Rochester

Ingleside Man Charged After Counterfeit Nike, Adidas Items Founds

Syosset Business Owner Had Counterfeit Goods, Cops Say

Australian Border Force Swoops on Counterfeit Resellers

Upper Allen Man Arrested for Using a Counterfeit License Plate

Hyperledger Project Explores Fighting Counterfeit Drugs with Blockchain

Counterfeit Royals Jerseys Flooding the Kansas City Market

Michigan Store Owner Jailed for Counterfeit NFL, MLB Clothing

Florida Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Selling Counterfeit Drugs

Knockoff Report 584 Largest Ever Bust of Counterfeit Foods Finds Gruesome Stuff, Including Monkey MeatLargest Ever Bust of Counterfeit Foods Finds Gruesome Stuff, Including Monkey Meat

Online Retailers Target Women with Knockoffs, Avoid Getting Scammed on Dress of Your Dreams

Customs & Border Protection Officers Seize $1M in Counterfeit Goods at Port

Qatar’s MEC Seizes 1,539 Counterfeit Spare Parts

Health Ministry Warns on Counterfeit Vodka, Brandy

Court Awards 5-Hour Energy $20 Million In Counterfeit Scheme

Counterfeit Vodka on Sale in Pub

Epic Wins $940 Million for Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights

Police Seize £1m Counterfeit Goods in Huge Strangeways Raid

Warriors Warning Fans of Counterfeit Tickets as Playoffs Return to Oracle Arena

Counterfeit Gold and Silver Coins Are a Growing Problem

60 Per Cent Water, Juice in Kenya is Counterfeit

I’ve Heard of Counterfeit Busts Before, But This is Crazy!

Why the New gTLDs Don’t Matter

If somebody wanted to name their product or company during the Dot Com Boom they wanted to own the .com.  After all, it was the Dot Com Boom, not the Dot Poo Boom.  Their second choice was .net, then .org, and so forth. The Web 2.0 generation no longer cared for an accurately-spelled domain at all costs.  Flickr, Bit.ly, Scribd, Delicio.us and Instagr.am became the creative norm.  Part of this resulted because startups realized it was poor stewardship of their investors’ money to pay for a slick name when the product execution matters most.

Don Draper of Mad Men works on Madison Avenue

Don Draper of Mad Men works on Madison Avenue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The only reason to buy .poo is if .com, .net, .org, .biz, .info, .tv, .me, .cc, .ws, .us and .co are already taken and you still think the name would be effective in branding your product or service.  When Delicio.us was acquired by Yahoo!, they bought delicious.com.  Instagr.am bought instagram.com once it was financially feasible.  Virtually the only thing on Instagram’s website is a link to their mobile app.  Facebook paid $1 Billion for this company and a website wasn’t even a part of their business model.

We saw what happened with the release of the .xxx gTLD.  Nobody in their right mind wanted to be in the ghetto if they could have the prime .com real estate.  Even the porn industry preferred to be on Rodeo Drive.  I work with companies that defensively purchase domains for their projects but the average budgets are about $10K.  If they don’t get the domain at a reasonable price, then oh well.  They know owning the .com is a component to their branding process, but not ‘the’ component.  Search engine optimization, social media, mobile and execution are far more important.  I can’t remember the last time I typed w w w dot anything.  I go to my browser’s Google bar, type the brand name and click a result. There is a sucker born every minute.  I don’t care who visits knockoffreport.poo.  Do you?

Now I’m going to finish my coffee.

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