Toll of counterfeiting and piracy predicted to top $2.3 trillion as call made for governments to do more

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New research estimates that the global economic value of counterfeiting and piracy could reach $2.3 trillion by 2022, with job losses totalling in excess of 5 million. The research provides important data to policymakers. The challenge now is to ensure that they pay heed to it.

The report, The Economic Impacts of Counterfeiting and Piracy, was commissioned by the International Trademark Association (INTA) and ICC’s Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP), and conducted by research firm Frontier ...

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New gadget to detect counterfeit cables

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The USB-C cable might be the new standard in connecting electronics but it’s also becoming the latest piece of kit to be counterfeited, which could be putting devices at risk.

Tech firm Satechi, however, has launched a gadget to detect faulty and counterfeit cables.

The USB Type C cable has the same Type C connectors at both ends, unlike other USB cables, which have different sized plugs for different devices. The Type C plug is about a third of the ...

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How does China respond to US chip threats? With a $30 billion factory

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Tsinghua Unigroup is investing $30 billion in a factory that will make DRAM and flash storage, striking at the heart of a chip battle between the US and China.

For China, actions speak louder than words, especially in the escalating chip battle with the U.S., which has been hurling out verbal threats in recent months.

The Chinese chip infrastructure is getting a serious boost from Tsinghua Unigroup, which is investing US$30 billion in a new foundry to make chips. ...

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CBP seizes $1.1 Million in Counterfeit Electronics in Joint Operation with Hong Kong Customs

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January 3, 2017

WASHINGTON – A joint U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Customs and Excise Department of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Hong Kong Customs) intellectual property rights (IPR) enforcement operation resulted in the seizure of 140 shipments containing counterfeit consumer electronic goods, such as cell phones, adaptors, speakers and headsets. The seized merchandise would have had an estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1.1 million if genuine.

“Counterfeiting is ...

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New enforcement effort targets dangerous electronics

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) – with support from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) – have launched an initiative targeting the illegal importation and distribution of counterfeit consumer electronics known to present health and safety hazards by overheating, igniting, and causing severe injuries and extensive property damage.

The operation, named “Surge Protector”, will focus on electronics vulnerable to counterfeiting, including phony digital media devices, power adapters and consumer ...

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Counterfeit Parts Of Aircraft And Defense Products Could Proliferate Through 3D Printing

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3D printing of aircraft and other defense parts certainly transforms the military support environment but the threat of counterfeit parts could fuel a grey market.

“The threat of counterfeit parts from easily accessible 3D printers, coupled with the endless amount of designs available on the Internet, could fuel a black market, Graham Grose, industry director at the IFS Aerospace & Defence Center of Excellence said in an interview with Defenseworld.net Wednesday.

“This has the potential to severely impact the support ...

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Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die – New DFARS Clauses Target Counterfeit Electronic Parts

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

On August 2, 2016, the Department of Defense (“DOD”) rolled out new requirements for defense contractors that provide electronic parts and assemblies containing electronic parts, and with the new rules imposing significant risks on DOD contractors. One clause mandates a specific purchasing hierarchy, with requirements to purchase from the original manufacturer or authorized suppliers thereof when available. When an original source is not available, contractors are now required essentially to “vouch” for their ...

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Samsung suspends all sales of Galaxy Note 7 after battery explosions

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Samsung halted sales of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone Friday after finding batteries of some of the devices exploded while they were charged.

Koh Dong-jin, president of Samsung’s mobile business, said customers who already bought Note 7s will be able to swap them for new smartphones, regardless of when they purchased them. Note 7 sales launched just two weeks ago.

Samsung issued its first global recall of the flagship smartphone because it has not found ways to specify exactly which phones may ...

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Jury Convicts Defense Contractor of Mail Fraud, False Claims

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A United States District Court jury convicted Stephan D. Boggs, 63, of Columbus with four counts of mail fraud and 21 counts of false claims.

Benjamin C. Glassman, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio and Brian J. Reihms, Special Agent in Charge, Defense Criminal Investigative Services (DCIS), Central Field Office, announced the verdict reached yesterday, which was returned following a trial that began on July 11 before U.S. District Judge James L. ...

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US DoD finalises anti-counterfeit electronic measures

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The US Department of Defense has published new rules to help prevent counterfeit electronic parts ending up in military systems.

The final version of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) – published this week – will “strengthen the integrity of the process for acquisition of electronic parts and benefits both the government and contractors,” according to the Federal Register notice.

In 2010/2011 the DoD said it had identified upwards of a million counterfeit components in the military supply chain, ...

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