Monthly Archives: June 2012

Development of the Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement

The Federal Government is starting the process of developing a new Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement. In a request for comments [FR Doc. 2012–15477 Filed 6–25–12], the U.S. Government, through the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (‘‘IPEC’’), invites public input and participation in shaping the Administration’s intellectual property enforcement strategy.

The following question appears under “III. Optional Questions” …

7. What authentication tools and track and trace technologies would significantly enhance federal efforts to identify suspect counterfeit or pirated goods?

DoD Assessment of Counterfeit Detection and Confirmation Technologies

I am very excited about a project presented at the SMTA-CALCE Counterfeit Electronic Parts and Supply Chain Symposium this week. DoD has a project underway to assess various counterfeit detection and confirmation technologies. The purpose of this project is to identify the “best” technologies and tools available for hardware test and evaluation of counterfeits with a focus of electronic components. The initial focus of the project is integrated circuits and the results presented at the symposium were a first cut at a broad survey and assessment of buyer acceptance measures that detect counterfeits.

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Thoughts on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection IPR Interim Final Rule

On Tuesday 24 April 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protection published in the Federal Register an Intellectual Property Rights Interim Final Rule (IFR) which amends regulations to allow CBP to disclose to an intellectual property rights holder, information appearing on merchandise or its retail packaging that may comprise information otherwise protected by the Trade Secrets Act, for the purpose of assisting CBP in determining whether the merchandise bears a counterfeit mark (docket ID USCBP 2012-0011). This IFR is in direct response to Section 818(g) of the FY2012 NDAA.

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“US assures quality of military equipment after report of fake parts” – CNA ENGLISH NEWS

Taipei, June 24 (CNA) The United States has assured Taiwan of the quality of weapons it sells to other countries, weeks after a U.S. Senate report found that the use of bogus Chinese electronic parts in American military equipment was widespread, Taiwan’s military said Sunday. …

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“McKeon, McCaul Introduce Bill to Stop Flow of China’s Counterfeit Microchips into U.S. “

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the Homeland Security Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee, introduced legislation Wednesday to stop the flow of more than one million counterfeit microchips into the United States, primarily made in China, that pose a risk to our military and sensitive computer networks. Congressman Buck McKeon (R-CA), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and Congressman Bill Keating (D-MA), Ranking Member on Homeland Oversight, are original co-sponsors.

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UPDATE 6/26/2012:

H.R.6012 – To authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to provide to owners of certain intellectual property rights information on, and unredacted samples and images of, semiconductor chip products suspected of being imported in violation of the rights of the owner of a registered mark or the owner of a mask work. as introduced.

Text of the bill @ Thomas …

Defining ‘Authorized Distributors’

The electronic components manufacturing industry has promoted for many years what is now accepted as the keystone to counterfeit avoidance practices – the procurement of parts from the Original Component Manufacturer (OCM) or its ‘authorized distributors’. Congress has also embraced this practice as a core element of a ‘trusted supplier’ approach designed to prevent counterfeit electronic parts from entering the DoD supply chain (see FY2012 NDAA Sec. 818(c)(3)(A)(i)).

Though the electronic components manufacturing industry has deployed resources to help identify ‘authorized distributors’, it has not, to my knowledge, (1) formally defined the term ‘authorized distributor’, or (2) established a program to certify distributors as ‘authorized’.

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DASD(SCI) Briefing on “Anti-Counterfeit” – 06 June 2012

The following briefing describing current and potential activities toward applying anti-counterfeit controls across the DoD acquisition process was presented at the 6 June DoD Product Support Manager’s Conference by Mr. Paul D. Peters, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Supply Chain Integration …

Anti-Counterfeit

Counterfeit Chinese Microchips Are Getting So Good They Can’t Be Identified – Business Insider

“There appears to be little doubt China steals both U.S. commercial and military secrets through hacking in addition to selling counterfeit electronic parts to customers of U.S. companies and to the Department of Defense (DoD). But the adverse affects of these practices, both financially and militarily, seem both substantial and largely unknown.”

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Keeping Track of ‘Authorized Distributors’ – An Important Resource for Implementing a Trusted Supplier Approach

The keystone to counterfeit avoidance practices recommended by industry and U.S. government subject matter experts is the procurement of parts from the Original Component Manufacturer (OCM) or its authorized suppliers. Informed customers recognize that an electronic part distributor’s ‘line card’ does not indicate that the distributor is an authorized or franchised distributor for those product offerings. Informed customers also recognize that it can be a considerable challenge to keep track of which distributors are authorized/franchised distributors for specific original component manufacturers and the respective product lines.

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