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Federal agencies warn against counterfeit decorative contact lenses

Officials are warning consumers not to buy contact lenses from such places as Halloween or novelty shops, salons, beauty supply stores, or online if the site doesn’t require a prescription. Although many places illegally sell decorative contact lenses to consumers without valid prescriptions for as little as $20, these vendors are not authorized distributors of contact lenses, which by law...

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Former Los Angeles-area businessman sentenced to over 7 years in prison for selling knock-off batteries to Navy for use on warships

Didier De Nier, 64, who lived in Simi Valley until he fled the U.S. nearly two years ago, was found guilty in April by a federal jury of five counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

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USTR Begins Special 301 Report Out-of-Cycle Review of India

Washington, DC – In the 2014 Special 301 Report published in April, USTR called for renewed and intensive engagement on intellectual property (IP) issues with the Government of India, announcing that the United States would “redouble our efforts to seek constructive engagement that will both improve IP protection and enforcement in India and support India’s efforts to achieve a ‘decade of innovation’ and advance its legitimate public policy goals, including access to ...

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Houston man charged with trafficking counterfeit 'Beats by Dre' headphones

Nick Chen, 46, was charged in a 4-count sealed indictment returned Oct. 8, which was unsealed Oct. 10 as he made his initial appearance before US Magistrate Judge Mary Milloy.

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U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman Touts Texas as National Model For American Exporting, Promotes Historic U.S. Trade Agenda with Members of Congress

Top U.S. trade official underscores how President Obama’s trade agenda will unlock economic opportunity for Texans at events with Members of Congress and local businesses that are supporting additional jobs by exporting San Antonio, TX – U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, the lead United States trade official, spotlighted Texas’ all-time high exports and discussed how the Obama Administration’s unprecedented trade agenda will build on that record by further unlocking economic opportunity for ...

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3 east Texas residents indicted in prescription drug smuggling ring

According to the indictment, the defendants conspired to smuggle at least 30 known shipments, totaling about 100,000 pills, from China to Texas. As alleged in the indictment, the shipments contained bogus imitations of Xanax, Valium, sibutramine, Cialis, Viagra and Stilnox (which is marketed in the United States as Ambien). None of the pills seized and tested were legitimate; all either contained...

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Press Week Ahead: October 6 - 10

Monday, October 6 Ambassador Froman will hold a press conference on the U.S. trade agenda with Representative Henry Cuellar (TX-28) at the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.San Antonio, TexasOpen PressFor press inquiries, please contact Andrew Bates at ABates@ustr.eop.govTo RSVP, please contact Becky Bridges Dinnin at bdinnin@sachamber.org  

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U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman Represents Obama Administration in Baltimore for National Manufacturing Day

President’s lead trade adviser tours job-creating advanced manufacturing company, highlights manufacturing and exporting benefits that President Obama’s trade agenda will deliver for Maryland in discussions with workers and students 

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Intellectual Property Rights Center warns of counterfeit auto parts

These counterfeit parts usually bear the trademark of a legitimate and trusted brand, but they were produced by another party and are not made to the specifications of the original equipment manufacturer. They're often produced illegally and sold at a profit to fund other criminal activities.

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United States and Brazil Reach Agreement to End WTO Cotton Dispute

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that the United States and Brazil have reached agreement to settle the longstanding Cotton dispute in the World Trade Organization (WTO).  Under the terms of the agreement, Brazil will terminate the Cotton case, giving up its rights to countermeasures against U.S.

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Canadian sentenced for trafficking in counterfeit airbags

Abdul Masood Qayumi, 25, of Surrey, B.C., and his brother Abdul Masih Qayumi, 26, marketed and sold more than $33,000 worth of counterfeit Honda, BMW and Toyota airbags on eBay for about one year, according to court records. HSI special agents began their investigation after American Honda Motor Corporation alerted investigators of the brothers' online sales scheme.

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HSI Team Attends International Law Enforcement IP Crime Conference

The three-day event gave attendees the opportunity to learn about and discuss operational best practices to combat transnational organized intellectual property (IP) crime through plenary sessions, operational workshops, interactive round tables and specialized IP crime learning sessions.

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Press Week Ahead: September 29 - October 3

Monday, September 29 Ambassador Froman will meet with Magali Silva, Peruvian Minister for Foreign Trade and Tourism.Washington, D.C.Closed Press  Ambassador Froman will meet with Andrew Robb, Australian Minister for Trade.Washington, D.C.Closed Press   Tuesday, September 30

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Joint Statement of the Labor Subcommittee of the United States – Morocco Free Trade Agreement

Joint Statement of the Labor Subcommittee of the United States – Morocco Free Trade Agreement  Rabat, MoroccoSeptember 26, 2014

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Readout of Meeting between U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Japanese Minister for Economic and Fiscal Policy Akira Amari

Washington, D.C. - Ambassador Froman, Minister Amari and their teams met on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the outstanding issues in our bilateral TPP negotiations, focusing on agriculture and autos.  While there were constructive working level discussions over the weekend, we were unable to make further progress on the key outstanding issues.

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Press Week Ahead: September 21 - 26

Sunday, September 21 September 21-25, Ambassador Punke will lead the 8th round of negotiations for the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA).Geneva, SwitzerlandClosed Press Monday, September 22

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United States Proceeds with Labor Enforcement Case Against Guatemala

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman says CAFTA-DR partner has taken important steps under enforcement plan; but more progress required to meet legal obligations

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Ambassador Froman Welcomes Senate Confirmation of Robert Holleyman

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman today welcomed the United States Senate’s vote confirming Robert W. Holleyman II as Deputy United States Trade Representative. Holleyman was nominated in February by President Obama to help spearhead efforts on a range of important trade issues initially including services trade, intellectual property rights and issues impacting the United States’ relationship with countries in South and Central Asia as well as China. 

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2 charged with smuggling counterfeit pharmaceuticals

The 10-count indictment charges Marla Ahlgrimm, 59, of Madison, Wisconsin, and Balbir Bhogal, 67, of Las Vegas, Nevada, with importing and distributing controlled substances and misbranded drugs, trafficking in counterfeit drugs, mail and wire fraud, smuggling and money laundering.

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HSI caution fans about counterfeit tickets, merchandise ahead of home opener

Counterfeit jerseys, headwear, T-shirts, and other souvenir items are among the counterfeit merchandise typically sold at and around these events. Large sporting events are prime targets for counterfeiters, many of whom travel the country with the sole intention of scamming sports fans.

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Missouri flea market owner convicted of trafficking counterfeit goods

Jack Frison Sr., 65, of Frontenac, Missouri, was convicted on one felony count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, one felony count of aiding and abetting copyright infringement, and one felony count of aiding and abetting trafficking counterfeit goods.

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2 Chinese citizens charged with trafficking counterfeit cellphone cases

Zexiong Chen, 28, and Haotian Chen, 26, who are unrelated, were charged with trafficking in counterfeit goods. It is alleged that in February 2013, the defendants incorporated Max Wireless Group, Inc. as a vehicle for importing and reselling cellphone cases, many of which were counterfeit.

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Connecticut man sentenced for making and selling bootlegged DVDs and CDs

John W. Rice, 41, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 18 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release. Rice was sentenced for producing and selling thousands of pirated CDs and DVDs.

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Fresno man sentenced for selling counterfeit movie DVDs and music CDs

According to court documents, Jose Antonio Hernandez, 42, pleaded guilty May 19 to multiple federal courts related to copyright infringement and trafficking in counterfeit labels. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California.

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HSI seizes more than $500,000 worth of counterfeit goods at flea market

All told, the enforcement actions resulted in the seizure of thousands of individual items bearing the names of more than 20 designer brands, including UGG boots, Michael Kors purses, Beats by Dre headphones, Otterbox and LifeProof cell phone cases and NFL jerseys.

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Oregon defense contractor pleads guilty to multimillion dollar scam

Kustoms Products, Inc., owner Harold Ray Bettencourt II, 60, of Coos Bay; his sons, Bo Bettencourt, 34, Nicholas Ryan Bettencourt, 32, and Peter Tracy Bettencourt, 28, of North Bend; and company office manager, Margo Antoinette Densmore, 43, also of Coos Bay, will be sentenced along with the corporation in December for fraudulently obtaining some 750 Department of Defense (DOD) contracts with...

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Houston man sentenced in Houston to more than 3 years in federal prison for trafficking counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs into the US

Fayez Al-Jabri, 45, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nancy F. Atlas. In addition to his prison term, Al-Jabri will serve three years of supervised release and must pay $15,066.92 in restitution. On March 21, Al-Jabri pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods, to introduce misbranded prescription drugs into interstate commerce, and to...

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Online seller of fake Cisco cables to serve prison time, forfeit more than $700,000

ConnectZone.com, LLC, of Lynnwood, was sentenced to five years' organizational probation. Its owner, Daniel Oberholtzer, will serve 37 months in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones also ordered the forfeiture the proceeds from the counterfeit sales amounting to nearly $717,000.

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Member of $300 million counterfeit conspiracy sentenced to federal prison

Hai Dong Jiang, aka Jimmy, aka Dong, 37, of Staten Island, New York, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Esther Salas in Newark federal court to one count of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit.

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Rhode Island resident sentenced to 50 months in federal prison for trafficking counterfeit goods

Norman Cipriano, 41, of Warwick, was sentenced for trafficking more than 14,500 counterfeit sports jerseys, clothing accessories and health and beauty products valued at more than $1 million. An amount of restitution to be paid by the defendant to various companies impacted in this matter will be determined at a later date. Cipriano pleaded guilty Aug. 5, 2013, to trafficking in counterfeit goods...

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