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Federal purchasing agency to stop acquiring used electronics – E-Scrap News

The federal government plans to cease buying refurbished and used IT equipment through its main acquisition arm, the General Services Administration. 

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The author argues that this ‘cuts the knees out of the small businesses’ …. My view is that this is a necessary step to prevent the government from acquiring contaminated hardware. Small businesses need to do more to protect their customers.

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Father and son jailed for fraudulent sales to defense subcontractor – PBN

PROVIDENCE – A Rhode Island businessman and his son received prison terms Wednesday after pleading guilty to fraudulently selling substandard titanium to a Connecticut defense subcontractor. …

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Legislation Would Secure U.S. Supply Chains Against Foreign Exploitation

“Washington, D.C. – Citing the vital need for a secure U.S. industrial base, U.S. Senators Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) have introduced bipartisan legislation to guard against attempts by the People’s Republic of China and others to undermine U.S. national security by exploiting and penetrating U.S. supply chains.  The Manufacturing, Investment, and Controls Review for Computer Hardware, Intellectual Property and Supply (MICROCHIPS) Act (S. 2316) would develop a national strategy to assess and prevent risks to critical U.S. technologies. …”

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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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