Monthly Archives: January 2013

Using ‘Mil-Spec’ Test Methods for Counterfeit Detection

Since my first engagement in counterfeit avoidance standards activity six years ago, I have on occasion heard concerns voiced about the use ‘mil-spec’ test methods for counterfeit detection. These concerns tend to surround commercial and industrial grade components where conditions for ‘environmental tests’ may exceed the use conditions specified by the device manufacturer. As one of the original developers of AS5553 and one who suggested the use of some of these ‘environmental tests’ for authenticity verification, I can share insight into the thinking behind the use of these methods and offer alternatives to ‘mil-spec’ test methods.

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Combating Counterfeits – DLA “Loglines”

DNA technology has been used to protect fine wines, high-end apparel and even currency from being counterfeited. Now the Defense Logistics Agency is using it to up the Defense Department’s game against counterfeit microcircuits. …

More at DLA “Loglines”.

Saudi Gazette – Private sector involvement needed to stop proliferation of counterfeit products

“… the existence of a strategic partnership with the private sector represented by qualified private national laboratories is necessary to stop the spread of fraudulent and counterfeit goods.”

“… the laboratories are the first warning system which informs concerned authorities … about any products non-conforming with the specifications so as to enable concerned authorities to take the suitable actions.”

More at Saudi Gazette.

“Counterfeit Electronic Parts: a lot of heat, but not much light” : McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

“Over the past year and a half, there has been a flurry of legislative activity concerning counterfeit electronic parts in the Department of Defense’s (“DoD”) supply chain. The GAO and the Senate Armed Services Committee (“SASC”) have issued reports outlining the threats such parts pose to national security. A lengthy section of the fiscal year (“FY”) 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) put in place requirements and a process designed to eliminate counterfeit parts in the supply chain. The recently enacted FY 2013 NDAA modifies last year’s provision even before it has been fully implemented. Here is a brief overview of what has happened and what contractors can expect going forward. … ”

More at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.

FAR / DFAR Case Update (18 Jan 2013)

Status updates from the 18 January ‘Open Cases Reports’ …

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SAE 2012 Counterfeit Parts Avoidance Symposium final panel session

SAE has now posted a video of the closing panel discussion from the SAE 2012 Counterfeit Parts Avoidance Symposium. This is an excellent discussion covering a broad variety of topics including nuances not frequently discussed in open forum.

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New Innovations in Counterfeiting (Humor among colleagues)

It might come as a surprise to some that many of us intensely engaged in such a sobering activity have a pretty fierce sense of humor. A few of us who correspond regularly on counterfeit parts issues had a comical dialog this week and one of us took a few moments to reassemble the interchange and removed our names to preserve our anonymity and our dignity. …

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Foreign Economic Espionage Act Signed into Law

From The U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator …

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Federal Register | Privacy Act of 1974; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; DHS/CBP-004-Intellectual Property Rights e-Recordation and Search Systems, System of Records

In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection proposes to establish a new system of records titled, “U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS/CBP-004-Intellectual Property Rights e-Recordation and Search Systems System of Records.” This system of records allows the Department and CBP to collect and maintain records on copyrights, trademarks, and trade names that the respective owners have applied to have recorded with CBP. … The cited sections provide that intellectual property rights owners may submit information to CBP to enable CBP officials to identify infringing articles at the borders and prevent the importation of counterfeit or pirated merchandise. …

More at Federal Register.

See docket DHS-2012-0034 at Regulations.gov.