FEBRUARY 2017

  • By Associated Press, February 27, 2017, CNBC

  • By Tawana Andrew, February 26, 2017, The Sun

  • By PaulWisemann, February 26, 2017, ABC NEWS

Fake medicine in Nigeria – When the drugs don’t work

CEBU – The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) will file charges against those found responsible for the proliferation of fake tax stamps on cigarette products in Cebu. READ MORE >>>
U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Savannah Port of Entry inspected a container of manifested firearm magazines and discovered 591 cartons of pistol magazines bearing the Glock trademark. READ MORE >>>
A Derry bar owner has been fined £1,500 for selling counterfeit vodka which was “bought off a door to door salesman”. READ MORE >>>

The EU has been intensifying its crackdown on fake products — including watches, perfume, mobile phones and pharmaceuticals — that can now be found all too easily on the worldwide web. READ MORE >>>

  • By Adam Jourdan, February 15, 2017, Reuters

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese police have seized a huge haul of counterfeit cosmetics, including ones labelled as Chanel, Christian Dior, L’Oreal SA, Lancome and Estée Lauder, with a combined street value of around 827 million yuan ($120 million). READ MORE >>>

20,000 cigarettes and 24 litres of dodgy vodka was seized along with a car in the successful opperation in Annacotty, Co. Limerick. READ MORE >>>

NAIROBI, FEBRUARY 14 – Leading global Motorparts manufacturer Federal-Mogul Corporation has stepped up its efforts to expand its reach in Kenya, with an eye on the East Africa market. The US multinational has set aside 25 percent of its Africa marketing budget to be spent in Kenya in advertising, branding, events, market research and we will continue to invest and equip in distributors. READ MORE >>>

  • By Staff Writer, February 14, 2017, Stuff

If you’re thinking about buying a Ferrari or Lamborghini on the cheap, you might want to hear this first.Video footage provided courtesy of police of the Spanish Ministry of the Interior shows the aftermath of a raid in Girona on Sunday on a compound which specialised in the production of counterfeit luxury brand vehicles.Spanish police arrested three people in connection with manufacturing and selling counterfeit Ferraris and Lamborghinis. READ MORE >>>

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is warning shippers to be on the lookout for counterfeit containers. According to a Border Watch issued by the DIBP, parties substituting a legitimate container with a counterfeit are potentially enabling a “range of border-related offences” to be enacted. READ MORE >>>

  • By Roberta Klara, February 13, 2017, AdWeek

According to the International Trademark Association, $460 billion worth of counterfeit goods were bought and sold last year. Not surprisingly, much of it happened online. “The internet makes it easy to hide,” said INTA anti-counterfeiting coordinator Tiffany Pho. READ MORE >>>

Around two dozen medical stores were sealed in Quetta for selling counterfeit and fake medicines on Saturday. READ MORE >>>

Counterfeited seals of renowned international gold and jewellery brands have been seized by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) from a workshop in Doha. READ MORE >>>

MANILA, Philippines –  With Valentine’s Day approaching, environmental watch group EcoWaste Coalition warned the public, particularly the women, against counterfeit lipsticks supposedly containing high levels of lead. READ MORE >>>

LG was just awarded $168 million in damages by a federal court after suing 17 different firms that were responsible for manufacturing, distributing, trafficking and selling knockoff LG Tone headsets, the company said in a press release. READ MORE >>>

The defendant, the firm’s director Jonathan Kahn, has been found guilty of a total of 34 trademark offences, with sentencing set to pass this April. READ MORE >>>

Fake pesticides cost EU businesses around 14 per cent of their revenues each year, and cause an estimated 2,600 people their jobs. READ MORE >>>

  • By Staff Writer, February 8, 2017, EMS1

ESSEX JUNCTION, Vermont — Since the Revision-aided sting operation at last year’s SIA Snow Show in Denver, Colorado, Revision has elevated company efforts to eradicate counterfeit Revision products from the market. Revision is a world leader in integrated, purpose-built soldier solutions; all of the Company’s protective eyewear has consistently and unequivocally exceeded global military-grade testing requirements and has been proven in action around the world. Accordingly, Revision views counterfeit products as a direct threat to the integrity of the Company and, more importantly, to Revision customers, who depend on the high standards and protection of authentic Revision gear. Revision maintains all intellectual property rights on all Revision products-rights that are total and international. READ MORE >>>

A Mauritanian man has been ordered by the court to pay for the expenses incurred for the disposal of a container carrying counterfeit footballs. READ MORE >>>

A Mauritanian man has been ordered by the court to pay for the expenses incurred for the disposal of a container carrying counterfeit footballs. READ MORE >>>

DUBAI // Millions of counterfeit mobile phones, cigarettes, cosmetics and other items valued at Dh1.6 billion were seized last year in raids by consumer protection officers. READ MORE >>>

Department of Special Investigation officers on Wednesday conducted searches at four locations in Bangkok to crack down on what the DSI claims to be the country’s largest trading network for pirated goods, which allegedly distributes counterfeit items to Bangkok’s Sampeng, Bobae and Pratunam markets as well as Rong Kleu Border Market in Sa Kaew province. READ MORE >>>

Holden in safety warning over counterfeit Commodore bonnets

  • By Mark Hawthorne, February 8, 2017, Stuff

Holden has identified dangerous faults in counterfeit Commodore bonnets that are being fitted to Australian cars and has warned consumers over non-genuine parts used by repairers. READ MORE >>>

Fake parts destroyed as concerns grow

And you thought handbags and sunglasses were the only knockoffs you might find in your neighbor’s house. READ MORE >>>

$20m of sports counterfeits seized before Super Bowl

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) units seized more than 260,000 counterfeit sports goods, worth an estimated $20 million, before the Super Bowl. READ MORE >>>

Authorities seize fake JDT football kits worth RM30,000

JOHOR BARU: Johor enforcement team from Domestic Trade, Cooperatives, and Consumerism (KPDNKK) Department seized more than RM30,000 worth of counterfeit Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) football kits. READ MORE >>>

Two arrested in Vihiga with counterfeit alcoholic products

Two suspects were on Saturday morning arrested and unknown value of counterfeit alcoholic products seized by police in Gambogi, Vihiga County. The duo were were found producing various brands of fake alcohol, packaging them before selling them to unsuspecting consumers mostly in Vihiga, Kakamega and Kisumu counties.. READ MORE >>>

Two arrested in Vihiga with counterfeit alcoholic products

Two suspects were on Saturday morning arrested and unknown value of counterfeit alcoholic products seized by police in Gambogi, Vihiga County. The duo were were found producing various brands of fake alcohol, packaging them before selling them to unsuspecting consumers mostly in Vihiga, Kakamega and Kisumu counties.. READ MORE >>>

​FMCG loses 30 percent of business revenue due to counterfeit

Products belonging to brands such as L’Oreal, Lakme, Revlon, Olay, Elle 18, Nivea, Fair & Lovely and several others were found in the premises. The growing incidents of counterfeiting have led to a demand for anti-counterfeit packaging (ACP). READ MORE >>>

UAE cracks down on counterfeiting, fraud

The United Arab Emirates has begun a focused campaign to tackle commercial fraud activities on multiple fronts, including the counterfeiting of goods and the theft of intellectual property. Zawya and other sources have announced that UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan has replaced the commercial fraud law with one that imposes bigger penalties on counterfeiters, with the possibility of two years in jail and fines of up to approximately $270,000. READ MORE >>>

VIDEO UPDATE: R700 000 in counterfeit goods seized in Tzaneen raid

  • By Jaryd Moore & Tintswalo Shipalana, February 3, 2017, LETABA Herald

A joint operation headed off by JOCC (Joint Operation Command Centre) and the Anti Crime Force working with the Tzaneen SAPS conducted a large scale search and seizure operation yesterday throughout Tzaneen. READ MORE >>>

SKF destroys €1m-worth of fake bearings

Swedish bearings manufacturer SKF has destroyed 15 tons of counterfeit bearings seized in an enforcement operation in Greece. The destruction comes seven years after SKF first started legal proceedings against a Greek dealer after 17,000 counterfeit bearings – estimated to be worth around €1m – were discovered at a warehouse in Piraeus. READ MORE >>>

Counterfeit Sports Gear Is Harder To Stop When Fans Order Directly From China

When you’re in the market for a jersey or hat to represent your favorite team, you know that the gear being hawked out on the sidewalk near the stadium is probably not legitimate. Online, things get fuzzier, and sellers of counterfeit merchandise pop back up faster than law enforcement, trademark holders, and even the marketplace sites can knock them down. READ MORE >>>

Fans warned to avoid scams involving counterfeit sports gear

HOUSTON – Fans are being warned to avoid scams involving counterfeit sports gear as Super Bowl LI quickly approaches. “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said. “Be wise and be aware.” READ MORE >>>

Palace backs drive vs fake tax stamps

A Palace official said the Duterte administration was backing the Bureau of Internal Revenue’s investigation of the alleged use of fake cigarette tax stamps as latest data from the country’s biggest tax-collection agency showed a decline in excise tax collections from cigarettes last year. READ MORE >>>

A man from Walton was the ringleader of a six-strong gang caught smuggling almost three million cigarettes into the UK in hollowed out table-tops, a court heard. READ MORE >>>

Counterfeit Goods Vendors Raided In Pattaya

PATTAYA-31 January-[PattayaDailyNews]; at 16.00pm Administrative officers of ministry of interior and Pattaya officers raided vendors who sell counterfeit goods in Mike Shopping mall, Saimon Shopping and Just Walking Street. READ MORE>>>