SEPTEMBER 2017

Zimbabwe steps up fight against counterfeit medicine

  • By Privilege Musvanhiri, September 11, 2017, www.dw.com

Counterfeit medicine is a major health hazard in Zimbabwe. The laws of the country are strict but the parallel market is hard to control, especially in times of economic crisis. READ MORE>>>

(MENAFN – Khaleej Times) “Chanel bag for good price”, said the shopkeeper as I strolled around the Karama market. It’s an offer that many girls long to hear, but in this case, it’s a fraud. The bag is a fake. READ MORE>>>

The knock-off sneaker trade: from Putian, China, to fans everywhere thanks to Reddit, e-commerce and the globalisation of counterfeiting

Limited-edition sports shoes such as Adidas’ Yeezys are snapped up by resellers, driving collectors unable to afford their prices to the internet. An online community links them to sellers of high-quality Chinese fakes. READ MORE>>>

Siquijor – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will conduct the fifth leg of its Economic and Financial Learning Program (EFLP) for 2017 in Siquijor, Siquijor, today. READ MORE>>>

The helicopter hovered 1,500 feet above a stately prewar building across the street from Central Park, well known to “Seinfeld” fans as Elaine’s apartment in the early episodes of the sitcom. READ MORE>>>

There are lots of obstacles facing online merchants these days and here’s the newest: cease and desist letters written by people pretending to be lawyers at law firms that don’t actually exist. That’s what reportedly happened to Brushes4Less, an Amazon Marketplace store whose most popular product is a replacement toothbrush head. Or at least it was, until Amazon delisted it shortly before Amazon Prime Day in July. READ MORE>>>

Counterfeiting: the global routes / ANALYSIS

THE analysis – which takes the 10 leading types of goods that are subject to counterfeiting, covering 63% of counterfeit goods at the global level – shows that in these 10 categories, China is the largest producer of fake goods. READ MORE>>>

Counterfeiting: the global routes / ANALYSIS

THE analysis – which takes the 10 leading types of goods that are subject to counterfeiting, covering 63% of counterfeit goods at the global level – shows that in these 10 categories, China is the largest producer of fake goods. READ MORE>>>

Motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson has filed another trademark infringement lawsuit against a group of Chinese counterfeiters. READ MORE>>>

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut revenue agents have made what they are calling the largest seizure of contraband cigarettes in state history. READ MORE>>>

On 4 September 2017, the UK Intellectual Property Office published an independent report examining the role social media plays in the sale and movement of counterfeit goods (full report available here). READ MORE>>>

Authorities say sale of counterfeit sneakers can lead to terrorist financing

  • By Candace Smith and Stephanie Wash, September 7, 2017, ABC News

Some of the hottest items for sale today are limited edition or rare sneakers — footwear that inspire a cult-like following and can fetch prices running into the thousands of dollars — but federal customs officials say there is a darker side to the trend, as counterfeiters with potential ties to transnational crime and even terrorism have stepped in to feed the demand. READ MORE>>>

A city centre shopkeeper has today (6 September) been ordered by York Crown Court to pay over £75,000 profit from the sale of counterfeit goods from his shop over the past six years, READ MORE>>>

A city centre shopkeeper has today (6 September) been ordered by York Crown Court to pay over £75,000 profit from the sale of counterfeit goods from his shop over the past six years, READ MORE>>>

Imagine waiting for your newest beauty product to arrive but when it does, the product itself is not actual makeup. Imagine that the makeup is made with harmful chemicals such as glue, gasoline and other toxins. READ MORE>>>

There is no question that service providers like Amazon must constantly be on guard against nefarious third party sellers who might use their service for unlawful means. In order to build and maintain trust with its sellers and brands, Amazon must ensure that brand owners can stop the sale of counterfeit goods on its services. In recent years, Amazon has adopted new programs to protect this trust, one of which is brand gating. READ MORE>>>

Counterfeit Yeezys and the booming sneaker black market

  • By David Pierson, September 5, 2017, The Los Angeles Times

Kevin longed for a pair of Adidas’ “pirate black” Yeezys, a charcoal-colored edition of the ultra-hip sneakers designed by rapper Kanye West. READ MORE>>>

Nearly 90 Percent of all Counterfeit Goods “Made in China”

SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — A report released by the Korea Customs Service on September 4 revealed that 8,607 of 9,853 counterfeit goods seized were made in China. READ MORE>>>

Dubai Customs Organizes Awareness Event for Kids in KidZania

Dubai Customs organized an awareness event for kids in cooperation with the UAE Red Crescent. The event took place at the edutainment center KidZania in Dubai Mall and included a workshop on how to protect intellectual property rights and Dubai Customs’ role in protecting society from the perils of counterfeit materials. READ MORE>>>

How to Fight the Influx of Counterfeit Electrical Goods

Counterfeit electrical goods are a growing problem across the UK, posing a significant challenge for businesses, landlords, retailers, facilities managers and public sector premises – in fact any organisation or business which is responsible for the safety of buildings, employees and visitors. READ MORE>>>

US man arrested for fake clothing smuggling

An American resident has been arrested for his part in a “sophisticated scheme” to import around 200 shipping containers of fake brand-name apparel from China into the US. READ MORE>>>

US institute aims to tackle microelectronics counterfeiting

A new US research institute has launched a $3.5m project seeking ways to combat counterfeiting of microelectronic components. READ MORE>>>

Your Protein Shake Could Be Harming Your Fitness

When my father first started working out and weight training he did so at home. I used to sit on the couch and laugh (not something I’m proud of). He would then challenge me to do an exercise and I would be able to do it quite easily. I would then promptly go back to the couch. Then I went to college in Kochi, and while I was there, he continued to work out and even joined a gym. READ MORE>>>

Luxury labels in China get an online makeover

  • By Fan Feifei, September 2, 2017, Asia One

Luxury labels are at the centre of a new online battle between Chinese internet giants looking to cash in on the consumer craze for designer fashion. READ MORE>>>

Two Indians’ Alleged Attempt to Smuggle Counterfeit Cigarettes into U.S. Goes Up in Smoke

  • By LALIT K. JHA, PTI, September 1, 2017, India West

WASHINGTON — A federal court in Florida has charged two Indians with conspiring to smuggle counterfeit cigarettes into the United States. READ MORE>>>

Customs officials seize counterfeit shoes of int’l brands

Chennai, Sept 1 Customs officials today seized huge quantities of counterfeit shoes kept to be sold under the name of international brands in the open market here. READ MORE>>>

Watchdog warning over ‘counterfeit’ cookware cold caller in Norfolk

Watchdogs are warning people to be on their guard after Norfolk police received reports of a cold caller in the south Norwich area offering ‘Le Creuset’ cookware. READ MORE>>>