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Comment Request; Report on the State of Counterfeit and Pirated Goods Trafficking and Recommendations

The Department of Commerce is seeking comments from intellectual property rights holders, online third-party marketplaces and other third-party intermediaries, and other private-sector stakeholders on the state of counterfeit and pirated goods trafficking through online third-party marketplaces and recommendations for curbing the trafficking in such counterfeit and pirated goods. …

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Legislation introduced in US Congress to stop export of e-waste to China

Alleging that China regularly uses e-waste to counterfeit electronics while returning these dangerous faux products, including critical military equipment, back into the market, a group of Congressmen on Monday introduced a legislation to stop export of electronic waste to the Asian giant. …

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Wholesaler admits to conspiracy to sell military and government knock-off goods – Providence Business News

PROVIDENCE – Ramin Kohanbash of Brooklyn, N.Y., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence to charges related to the selling of more than $20 million in counterfeit goods to the United States military, government purchasers and companies that supply the U.S. government, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday. …

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CRIME THREAT ASSESSMENT 2019 — EUIPO

This threat assessment, prepared by Europol and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), provides a unique assessment of the emerging threats and impact of intellectual property crime in the European Union (EU). It builds upon the jointly developed situation reports of 2015 and 2017, continuing the excellent cooperation between the two agencies in the fight against counterfeiting and piracy.

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O.C. Businessman Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison for Selling Counterfeit Integrated Circuits with Military and Commercial Uses – DOJ

SANTA ANA, California – The owner of PRB Logics Corporation, an Orange County-based seller of electronic components, was sentenced today to more than three years in federal prison for selling counterfeit integrated circuits he obtained from China, some of which were purchased by defense contractors for military use.

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Huawei’s Yearslong Rise Is Littered With Accusations of Theft and Dubious Ethics – WSJ

Chinese giant says it respects intellectual property rights, but competitors and some of its own former employees allege company goes to great lengths to steal trade secrets

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NASA Says Metals Fraud Caused $700 Million Satellite Failure – Bloomberg

“A metals manufacturer faked test results and provided faulty materials to NASA, causing more than $700 million in losses and two failed satellite launch missions, according to an investigation by the U.S. space agency.

The fraud involved an Oregon company called Sapa Profiles Inc., which falsified thousands of certifications for aluminum parts over 19 years for hundreds of customers, including NASA….”

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SMTA/CALCE Announce Program for Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials

The SMTA and the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE) announce the technical program for the Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials this June 25-27, 2019 in College Park, Maryland.

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As China Hacked, U.S. Businesses Turned A Blind Eye – NPR

Technology theft and other unfair business practices originating from China are costing the American economy more than $57 billion a year, White House officials believe, and they expect that figure to grow.

Yet an investigation by NPR and the PBS television show Frontline into why three successive administrations failed to stop cyberhacking from China found an unlikely obstacle for the government — the victims themselves.

In dozens of interviews with U.S. government and business representatives, officials involved in commerce with China said hacking and theft were an open secret for almost two decades, allowed to quietly continue because U.S. companies had too much money at stake to make waves. …

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Presidential Memorandum on Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods

“SUBJECT: Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: …

…  evaluate the effectiveness of Federal efforts, including the requirement for certain Federal contractors to establish and maintain a system to detect and avoid counterfeit electronic parts under the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) 252.246-7007, as well as steps taken by foreign governments, such as France and Canada, to combat trafficking in counterfeit and pirated goods.”

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