Monthly Archives: November 2012

Cisco takes on rogue suppliers with device to ID counterfeit parts – Nextgov.com

Computer equipment maker Cisco soon will release a tool that automatically detects imitations of its branded products on federal customer systems…

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Senate Passes Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act

From the US Intellectual Property Coordinator…

Last night, the Senate unanimously approved S. 3642, the Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act, authored by Senate Judiciary Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy. This bill is intended to clarify a provision of the Economic Espionage Act of 1996 with respect to trade secret theft following the decision of the Federal Second Circuit in the Aleynikov case last February.

Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Senator Charles Grassley and the members and staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee were also instrumental in passing this bill.

President Obama and his Administration recognize the important role that trade secrets and intellectual property play in the U.S. economy. The theft of trade secrets can cripple a company’s competitive advantage in foreign markets, diminish export prospects around the globe, and put American jobs in jeopardy. As an Administration, we look forward to continuing to work with Congress to improve enforcement of U.S. intellectual property laws.

Victoria Espinel
U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator
Executive Office of the President

Feds, industry split over counterfeit parts strategy | Federal Times | federaltimes.com

Industry groups are crying foul over steps the government is taking to curb the growing problem of counterfeit parts making their way into products and weapons bought by the government. …

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DLA QTSL (Qualified Testing Suppliers List) Program

“The purpose of the QTSL Program is to mitigate the risk of nonconforming or counterfeit semiconductors and microcircuits entering the supply chain for the military by testing and other quality assurance demonstrations prior to award. Under the QTSL Program, DLA Land and Maritime will establish and maintain a list of pre-qualified sources for the supply of obsolete semiconductors and microcircuits in FSCs 5961 and 5962, respectively. … “

More @ DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY DLA Land and Maritime Sourcing and Qualifications

FAR / DFAR Case Update (16 Nov 2012)

Status updates from the 16 November ‘Open Cases Reports’ …

  • DFARS Case 2012-D055: Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts – DARC will discuss again 11/20/2012.
  • DFARS Case 2012-D050: Supply Chain Risk – Report Due 12/05/2012 (extended)
  • DFARS Case 2012-D042: Business Systems Compliance – Report Due 11/28/2012
  • FAR Case 2012-024: Commercial and Government Entity Code – Draft proposed FAR rule from FAR analyst to OFPP. OFPP reviewing.
  • FAR Case 2012-032: Higher-Level Contract Quality Requirements – DARC Director tasked ad hoc team to draft proposed FAR rule. Report due 12/19/2012
  • FAR Case 2013-002: Expanded Reporting of Nonconforming Supplies – DARC Director tasked Ad Hoc Team to draft proposed FAR rule. Report due 1/23/2013

See the FAR/DFAR page for details.

Counterfeiting vs. Value Added Processes

I recently heard a few questions about whether or not parts subjected to “upscreening” or other value added processes should be considered counterfeit parts. This is particularly relevant to those who use distribution sources or 3rd Party Logistics (3PL) providers to perform value added work.

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FAR / DFAR Case Update (9 Nov 2012)

Status updates from the 9 November ‘Open Cases Reports’. (No changes since 2 November) …

  • DFARS Case 2012-D055: Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts – Will discuss draft proposed DFARS rule on 11/14/2012.
  • DFARS Case 2012-D050: Supply Chain Risk – Report due 14 Nov 2012
  • DFARS Case 2012-D042: Business Systems Compliance – Report Due 11/28/2012
  • FAR Case 2012-024: Commercial and Government Entity Code – Draft proposed FAR rule from FAR analyst to CAAC Legal. CAAC Legal reviewing
  • FAR Case 2012-032: Higher-Level Contract Quality Requirements – DARC Director tasked ad hoc team to draft proposed FAR rule. Report due 12/19/2012
  • FAR Case 2013-002: Expanded Reporting of Nonconforming Supplies – DARC Director tasked Ad Hoc Team to draft proposed FAR rule. Report due 1/23/2013

See the FAR/DFAR page for details.

Fake tech gear has infiltrated the U.S. government – CNN

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — A record number of tech products used by the U.S. military and dozens of other federal agencies are fake. That opens up a myriad of national security risks, from dud missiles to short-circuiting airplane parts to cyberespionage. …

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