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OLAF helps partners seize over one million counterfeit semiconductors in major Joint Customs Operation

“To help keep European consumers safe, a major Joint Customs Operation, code-named Operation Wafers, co-ordinated by Dutch Customs with the support of OLAF, targeted counterfeit semiconductors imported into the EU from China and Hong Kong by post/express courier. In just two weeks, partners seized more than one million counterfeit devices such as diodes, LEDs, transistors and integrated circuits….”

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Meeting: Voluntary Initiatives to Combat Infringement of Intellectual Property in the Online Environment

“The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a public meeting at its headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, on July 17, 2017, on measuring the impact of voluntary initiatives undertaken to reduce intellectual property infringement, such as copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting, that occurs online….
…. as part of the Executive Branch’s implementation of the FY 2017-2019 [U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement] action items and calls for research, the USPTO will conduct a public meeting on Voluntary Initiatives in the Digital Environment on July 17, 2017. Topics will include methods and metrics for conducting empirical research on the digital economy; evaluating the effectiveness of self-regulatory regimes; case studies of certain private sector initiatives; the role of voluntary undertakings in raising consumer awareness; stemming revenue flows to bad actors; and lessons learned and next steps. ….”

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The “Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement (FY 2017-2019), ‘SUPPORTING INNOVATION, CREATIVITY & ENTERPRISE: CHARTING A PATH AHEAD.’ ”is available here

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 27-29, 2017 in College Park, Maryland. … More

S.442, “National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017”

The House passed S.442, “National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017.” Of particular interest to this audience is “SEC. 823. DETECTION AND AVOIDANCE OF COUNTERFEIT PARTS … More

Rep. Cook Reintroduces Bipartisan Legislation to Combat Chinese Counterfeiting

“Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) and Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) reintroduced HR 917, the Secure E-waste Export and Recycling Act (SEERA). This national security bill stops the flow of e-waste to China and other countries that regularly counterfeit electronics. The bill will ensure that such waste does not become the source of counterfeit goods that may reenter military and civilian electronics in the United States. …”

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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: SMTA/CALCE Symposium On Counterfeit Parts And Materials (SCEP2017)

SMTA/CALCE Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials
Technical Symposium: June 27-29, 2017
Expo: June 27-28, 2017
Workshops: June 29, 2017
College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
College Park, MD

SMTA and CALCE University of Maryland are pleased to announce the 2017 Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials. …

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White House panel urges U.S. defense of clout in high-end chip market – Reuters

A blue-ribbon presidential panel on science recommended on Friday that the United States take steps to defend its dominance of the high-end semiconductor market against a stiff Chinese challenge. …

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Drugs, Guns, and Fake Kicks: Inside the Counterfeit EconomyComplex

Dec 21, 2016 As Bruce Foucart, director of U.S. Homeland Security’s National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center, tells Complex, Cherif Kouachi funded his cache through the sale of counterfeit luxury goods on the streets of Paris. “That’s a direct link,” Foucart says. “The sale of counterfeit goods went into buying these guns.” …

U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement Announced

The Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) released the 2017-2019 U.S. Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement. This document charts the course for work to be carried over the next three years by the federal government—with opportunities for state and local governments, foreign governments, and the private sector—in support of a strong policy environment for intellectual property enforcement. ….

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NDAA 2017 to further amend S818 of NDAA2012

The House approved S.2943, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017. S.2943 includes language to further amend the original counterfeit part legislation by eliminating use of the term ‘trusted supplier‘.

A copy of the conference report is available here.

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