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Anticounterfeiting – UL go for gold

Anticounterfeiting – UL go for gold

Underwriters Laboratories recently unveiled their latest holographic label. The gold hologram will replace the silver hologram that UL has used for the last 12 years. The UL holographic label is used on 32 common consumer product where the risk of counterfeiting is greater, including power supply cords, nightlights and ceiling fans. Almost 20 billion products carry the UL logo, including…

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CPSC announce recall of counterfeit circuit breakers

CPSC announce recall of counterfeit circuit breakers

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) last week issued a recall on counterfeit circuit breakers sold by the distributor Specialty Lamp International Inc., of Deerfield Beach, Florida.  The Counterfeit Circuit Breakers are labeled as “Square D” and approximately 371,000 have been distributed.  They may fail to trip when they are overloaded and pose a fire hazard to consumers.  The CSPC announcement…

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Managing Effective IPR Law Enforcement

Managing Effective IPR Law Enforcement

Three years ago, the Bush Administration introduced a new intellectual property rights initiative called Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP) and named a Coordinator for the program reporting the Secretary of Commerce.  Both the private and public sector generally agree that the STOP program has shown that when a government program that touches the responsibilities and resources of many different government agencies enjoy some…

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Effective deterrence and the fakes that harm

Effective deterrence and the fakes that harm

Last night, the Public Broadcasting System aired an excellent National Geographic film titled Illicit! based on the book by Dr. Moises Naim, editor of Foreign Affairs magazine.  Dr. Naim's book addresses illegal global trade in the broad sense, and the National Geographic film showed examples of the many forms of illicit trade including human smuggling and drug trafficking, but there was a focus on…

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A letter from the counterfeit wars

A letter from the counterfeit wars

This weekend I received an email from a consumer in the United Kingdom, who had just learned that a hair iron she had purchased from a website for a favorable price (90 pounds sterling, approximately US$180..00)  turned out to be "faulty," and she was told by the manufacturer that it was counterfeit.  She reports that she purchased the hair iron…

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Time for ACTA

Time for ACTA

  Last week we submitted comments to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on the proposed “Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement” between this country and our principal trading partners.  With counterfeiting in the electrical equipment industry a growing problem worldwide, the idea of getting governments to all up their games with better enforcement and cooperation is pretty much a no-brainer.    Specifically,…

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European Union points to China as source of Counterfeit Goods

European Union points to China as source of Counterfeit Goods

At a Global Anti-Counterfeit Summit in Brussels this past week, China once again became the object of attention. Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Union, announced that EU officials had seized more than 128 million counterfeit and pirated goods in 2006, up 70 percent from 2005. However, in spite of new EU regulations and increased cooperation with other nations…

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Free Trade, Fair Trade, and the Fakes

Free Trade, Fair Trade, and the Fakes

For two decades, the United States and its trading partners have pursued free trade agreements aimed at reducing tariffs, opening borders to commerce, expanding trade, and addressing impediments or non-tariff barriers to trade.  Critics of these agreements protest the failure to use these negotiated agreements to address "fair trade" — an umbrella reference to labor policy, job losses, environmental policy, product safety,…

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IPR Legislation High on Judiciary Committee Agendas

IPR Legislation High on Judiciary Committee Agendas

The Hill posted an article last night indicating that the stakeholders in the debate over patent reform are inching closer to an agreement on a Senate patent reform bill with a compromise on resolving a dispute within the IPR owners community over a provision that would change the law on damages for infringement.  The House has already passed its version of patent…

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Counterfeits in the small business and discount retail channel

Counterfeits in the small business and discount retail channel

Recently, the Washington DC ABC affiliate reported on the presence of counterfeit electrical products in a suburban Maryland retail store.   This was clearly a small business.  The report included an interview with the store owner who said he had pulled some of the counterfeit electrical products off of his shelves but he had not pulled all of them down.  Montgomery County, Maryland officials had…

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