JANUARY 2017

More than 16,000 cigarettes and around 40 kilos of illegal tobacco have been seized from shops across the city. READ MORE >>>

Interpipe registers trademark in Saudi Arabia to fight fake steel

  • By Staff Writer, January 25, 2017, Arab News
Global steel pipe producer Interpipe has registered its trademark with Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry. READ MORE >>>

Interpipe registers trademark in Saudi Arabia to fight fake steel

  • By Staff Writer, January 25, 2017, Arab News
Global steel pipe producer Interpipe has registered its trademark with Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry. READ MORE >>>

Hilarious Brand Counterfeits Travelers Spotted In China

There are a lot of counterfeit goods all over the world but no one does it better than China. China is no doubt one of the best tourist destinations in the world with its rich culture and natural attractions, however, it’s also known for its brand imitations. Here are some of the hilarious brand counterfeits travelers spotted in China. READ MORE >>>

Hilarious Brand Counterfeits Travelers Spotted In China

There are a lot of counterfeit goods all over the world but no one does it better than China. China is no doubt one of the best tourist destinations in the world with its rich culture and natural attractions, however, it’s also known for its brand imitations. Here are some of the hilarious brand counterfeits travelers spotted in China. READ MORE >>>

Maui Jim sues retailer over counterfeits

Sunglasses maker Maui Jim Inc. has filed a lawsuit against online retailer SmartBuyGlasses.com, claiming the company is selling counterfeit products and violating trademark, copyright and unfair-competition laws. READ MORE >>>

Man bust for selling counterfeit electricity vouchers

A ohannesburg man faces time in prison after he was caught selling counterfeit prepaid electricity vouchers, a practice also known as ‘ghost vending’. READ MORE >>>

Counterfeit Chinese and Indian drugs invade Africa

 Over the course of just two weeks, the World Customs Organisation (WCO) seized 113 million antimalarial, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic tablets bound for Africa. The true extent of the problem remains unknown. EurActiv France reports. READ MORE >>>

Faking It Online: Behind the Real Deal and Cost of Counterfeit Crime

  • By Staff Writer, January 23, 2017, Sputnik

It’s not only fake news infiltrating the internet – but fake adverts selling fake designer kits is fast becoming the latest online trend to keep counterfeit crime fighters on their toes – especially when it comes to sneakers. READ MORE >>>

BMW sues car company in counterfeit suit

BMW has sued a car company in the US for trademark and design patent infringement. READ MORE >>>

 Hong Kong Customs combats sale of counterfeit products

  • By Staff Writer, January 21, 2017, 7th Space
Hong Kong (HKSAR) – Hong Kong Customs conducted a strike-and-search operation in Central today (January 22).  More than 4 000 pieces of suspected counterfeit products with an estimated market value of about $530,000 were seized. READ MORE >>>

Medical mafia importing substandard raw material from neighbouring countries

Doctors and staff of health department are also involved in this illicit practice whereas private and public hospitals are preferring counterfeit medicines over original ones in order to maximise their profits. READ MORE >>>

Counterfeit medicines seized

  • By Our Staff Reporter, January 21, 2017, WardsAuto
SARGODHA-A team of the Health Department raided a hotel allegedly owned an ex-councillor and seized a huge quantity of spurious medicines here the other day. According to official sources, the team led by Drug Inspector Junaid Qaiser, raided the hotel owned by former councillor Azam Bhai on Zaidi Road and seized a huge quantity of spurious medicines. On the occasion, Azam Bhai offered resistance and threatened the team members with dire consequences. READ MORE >>>

Fake Parts Seized in Mideast Raid Likely Oz-Bound

Investigators in the United Arab Emirates intercept more than 500,000 counterfeit car parts that likely had been destined for Australia. READ MORE >>>

Alibaba’s Ma: Olympics deal will help fight counterfeiting

 DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Alibaba chief Jack Ma says he hopes a new accord with Olympics officials will help fight counterfeiting, as the e-commerce giant seeks to repair its image after being deemed a “notorious” market for fakes by the U.S. government. READ MORE >>>

After selling $90 million in counterfeit goods, Nixa woman to spend 2 years in prison

AA Nixa woman was sentenced Thursday to two years in federal prison for selling more than $90 million worth of counterfeit cellphone products over the internet and at a Springfield store, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. READ MORE >>>

Las Vegas man involved in international counterfeit contact lens scheme is sentenced to prison

A Las Vegas man who raked in over $1 million through an international counterfeit contact lens scheme was sentenced Wednesday to 46 months in federal prison, and ordered to pay $200,000 in restitution. READ MORE >>>

Las Vegas man involved in international counterfeit contact lens scheme is sentenced to prison

A Las Vegas man who raked in over $1 million through an international counterfeit contact lens scheme was sentenced Wednesday to 46 months in federal prison, and ordered to pay $200,000 in restitution. READ MORE >>>

Unsavory Affairs: Police Bust Counterfeit Condiments Ring

Police have uncovered a widespread counterfeit seasoning production ring that used recycled, industrial, and sometimes toxic ingredients to mimic popular brands. The counterfeiters operated out of unassuming residences in northern China’s Tianjin municipality. READ MORE >>>

Fake hepatitis C medication discovered at Nara pharmacy chain

  • By Mainichi Japan, January 17, 2017, Mainchini
NARA — The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced on Jan. 17 that counterfeit versions of the hepatitis C medication “Harvoni compound tablets” were discovered at a pharmacy chain here.

A ring of 50 Chinese factories making fake, toxic brand name sauces has been discovered

  • By Ynette Tan, January 17, 2017, MASHABLE

Another food scandal has been uncovered in China.  A group of some 50 factories have been found to be manufacturing artificial sauces and flavourings, some with illegal ingredients, in the Chinese city of Tianjin, the Beijing News report. READ MORE>>>

‘Naive’ woman blackmailed into running counterfeit clothing stall

A market trader whose partner was working illegally in the UK claimed she was blackmailed into taking over a stall and selling fake sportswear. READ MORE>>>

Cubs introduce preventive measures to block counterfeit tickets

n an effort to curtail counterfeit tickets, the Cubs are giving full season and partial season ticket holders the option of using team-issued printed tickets or Major League Baseball‘s app. Fans no longer will be able to print their tickets at home, said Colin Faulkner, the Cubs’ senior vice president of sales and marketing. READ MORE>>>

Over 4,000 smuggling attempts foiled in Dubai

The Dubai Customs, armed with a set of latest technological devices, and a group of competent staff, has managed to make 4,060 seizures over the period from January to November 2016. Contrabands confiscated at marine, land and air crossing borders of Dubai included narcotics, weapons, drugs, tax evasion bids, counterfeit customs declarations and documents, according to DP World Group Chairman and CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem. READ MORE>>>

Hospital pharmacies: a weak link in EU falsified medicine plans?

A pilot study has found low compliance rates in hospital pharmacies on the verification of product codes on medicine packs.The study was carried out in a large UK-based National Health Service teaching trust. Over a two-week period, pharmacists and dispensing technicians were asked to scan codes on around 4,200 test medicine packs, 4 per cent (180) of which were pre-programmed with a message to indicate they were expired, recalled or counterfeit, were dispensed to patients. READ MORE>>>

Haverhill company wins four-year Chinese counterfeit battle

A thriving Haverhill business is winning its battle against cheaper and illegal counterfeit products being sold on the internet. Essential Nails, who serve thousands of beauty students around the world, have chased a Chinese copy of their core product off sites like Amazon and eBay. READ MORE>>>

eBay to combat counterfeiters with professional authenticators that inspect high-end goods

Puerto Rico authorities seize counterfeit luxury watches

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) San Juan Field Operations announced on Wednesday the seizure of 20 counterfeit luxury watches, found in two separate shipments, estimated at $2.6 million (MSRP), illegally imported into Puerto Rico from China via international courier. READ MORE>>>

How UGG’s Legal Team Is Using Social Media to Fight Counterfeits

As counterfeiters adapt, brands are increasingly searching for new ways to shut them down. For UGG Holdings Inc., this fight includes dedicated social media accounts to educate consumers about counterfeits, says Lisa Bereda, assistant general counsel at Deckers Outdoor Corp., the parent company of UGG. READ MORE>>>

Domestic Trade Ministry seize RM350,000 worth of counterfeit mobile phones

KLANG: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) seized RM350,000 worth of mobile phones, believed to be counterfeit, during a raid in Bandar Botanic this afternoon. READ MORE>>>

Fake car parts worth Dh15m seized in Al Ain warehouse

ABU DHABI // Thousands of fake car parts worth Dh15 million were seized in a raid on a warehouse in Al Ain. The haul, the largest of its kind by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, was the culmination of an eight-month investigation into a major distributor of spare parts. READ MORE>>>

Police warn of counterfeit gold bars

EDMONTON — Police in Edmonton are warning the public of an offer that is definitely not worth its weight in gold. READ MORE>>>

China Problem: Amazon Third Party Sellers Cannot Be Trusted to Deliver Goods

Amazon Merchants cannot be Trusted to Deliver, Says author of “Ghost Cities of China.” Amazon has a “China Problem” and it is leaving many disappointed US children this holiday season, claims one writer. READ MORE>>>

Alibaba’s counterfeit woes won’t stop any time soon

It’s hardly a happy new year for Alibaba Group Holding. Just before Christmas, the US Trade Representative added Alibaba’s Taobao e-commerce site to a list of “notorious markets” that traffic in counterfeits. READ MORE>>>

Salons asked not to use spurious products

The Ministry of Economy and Commerce (MEC) has issued a circular banning barbershops and beauty salons from using substandard, expired and counterfeit products. READ MORE>>>

Philip Morris International, Inc.’s Worst Move in 2016

Tobacco companies have had to deal with threats of litigation for decades, and to a large extent, they’ve managed to hold back the tide of lawsuits with minimal financial damage. Yet for Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM), 2016 brought a new potential risk related to legal action, when the company failed to persuade the European Union to renew an anti-smuggling agreement with the tobacco giant. As a result, it’s possible that relations between Philip Morris and regulators in Europe could become colder, posing long-term issues that could threaten other initiatives like reduced-risk products. READ MORE>>>

Philip Morris International, Inc.’s Worst Move in 2016

Tobacco companies have had to deal with threats of litigation for decades, and to a large extent, they’ve managed to hold back the tide of lawsuits with minimal financial damage. Yet for Philip Morris International (NYSE: PM), 2016 brought a new potential risk related to legal action, when the company failed to persuade the European Union to renew an anti-smuggling agreement with the tobacco giant. As a result, it’s possible that relations between Philip Morris and regulators in Europe could become colder, posing long-term issues that could threaten other initiatives like reduced-risk products. READ MORE>>>

Drugs and tobacco worth €71m seized

Revenue recovered €70.5 million worth of illegal drugs, tobacco and counterfeit cigarettes last year. READ MORE>>>

Drugs and tobacco worth €71m seized

Revenue recovered €70.5 million worth of illegal drugs, tobacco and counterfeit cigarettes last year. READ MORE>>>

Spyderco knife maker sues Kittery Trading Post

 KITTERY, Maine – Colorado knife maker Spyderco has filed a seven-count lawsuit against the Kittery Trading Post alleging the Route 1 retailer sold counterfeit Spyderco knives, of inferior quality, to “generate an obscene” profit. READ MORE>>>

Spyderco knife maker sues Kittery Trading Post

 KITTERY, Maine – Colorado knife maker Spyderco has filed a seven-count lawsuit against the Kittery Trading Post alleging the Route 1 retailer sold counterfeit Spyderco knives, of inferior quality, to “generate an obscene” profit.READ MORE>>>

Alibaba sues sellers of counterfeit goods for the first time after it was blacklisted by the US

  • By Arjan Kharpal, January 4, 2017, CNBC

Alibaba is taking the fight to sellers of counterfeit goods and, for the first time, suing two merchants on one of its e-commerce platforms – just days after it was blacklisted by the U.S. government for hosting fake items. READ MORE>>>

Counterfeit electronic products worth HK$1.3 million seized in Hong Kong in joint operation

About 200 parcels mailed from the mainland to the United States carrying counterfeit electronic products were intercepted in a three-day joint operation mounted by Hong Kong Customs and United States authorities. READ MORE>>>

JSW Steel conducts raid on steel trader, seizes counterfeit products

JSW Steel, the flagship company of diversified Indian conglomerate JSW Group, raided a steel retailer with the help of authorities in Nagpur city to combat counterfeiting of products under its brand. JSW Steel has established a reputation as an ethical company driven by innovation whose products are manufactured to the highest standards. READ MORE>>>

Man admits selling fake Nike, Dior and Lacoste goods at Peterborough car boot sale

  • By Staff Writer, January 4, 2017, Telegraph

Mohammed Imran Malik pleaded guilty to seven offences relating to the alleged sale and supply of counterfeit items at the weekly Bizzy Boot sale held on the Wellington Street car park. READ MORE>>>

Why Alibaba Can’t Stop Counterfeiters

It’s hardly a happy new year for Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Just before Christmas, the U.S. Trade Representative added Alibaba’s Taobao e-commerce site to a list of “notorious markets” that traffic in counterfeits. That’s an unseemly place for a publicly held company: Other members include a Chinese shopping mall that specializes in counterfeit leather goods and a Paraguayan border market rife with organized crime that hawks everything from fake Ray-Bans to knockoff DVDs. READ MORE>>>

University Experts to Perform Independent Review of IACC Anti-Counterfeiting Program for Alibaba Platforms

  • By The International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) , January 3, 2017, PR Newswire

The International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) is pleased to announce that it has engaged the anti-counterfeiting expertise of the University of Trento in Italy, to conduct an independent review of the IACC MarketSafe Expansion Program. Implemented by the University of Trento’s new start-up on security, Intellegit, the assessment aims to provide an unbiased look at the Expansion Program’s effectiveness in fighting fakes. READ MORE>>>

Clampdown on illegal smuggling continues

ALMOST a tenth of drugs, tobacco products and alcohol seized in Ireland in 2015 were seized in Cork. According to information released to the Evening Echo by the Revenue’s Custom & Excise Division, €59m worth of drugs, tobacco products and alcohol were made in Ireland from January to December 2015. €5.8 million worth of the products were seized in Cork. READ MORE>>>

SARS bust counterfeit sneaker operation

COUNTERFEIT sneakers worth R8.7-million were seized at the Lebombo border post recently, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) said. A total of 9 085 pairs of ‘Adidas’-branded sneakers and 1 850 pairs of ‘Nike’-branded sneakers were discovered in a white truck entering South Africa from Mozambique. READ MORE>>>