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ICE, CBP seize hazardous Chinese toys for sale in Puerto Rico

Nine stores and a warehouse owned by Farmacias Caridad were the subject of a seizure order executed Friday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for importing hazardous toys from China for sale in Puerto Rico. The investigation was led by HSI in conjunction with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission...

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2 Chinese nationals sentenced for trafficking counterfeit cell phone cases

Zexiong Chen, 28, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, one year of supervised release, a fine of $6,000 and ordered to pay $4,820 restitution. Haotian Chen, 26, was sentenced to time served which was one day in prison, one year of supervised release, a fine of $4,000 and ordered to pay $4,829 restitution.

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Statement by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on the Out-of-Cycle Review of India

In the 2014 Special 301 Report published in April, USTR announced that the United States would initiate an Out-of-Cycle Review (OCR) of India in the fall of 2014 to evaluate progress toward achieving meaningful, sustained and effective engagement on IP issues with India.

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HSI arrests 7 for marketing and selling counterfeit goods

NEW YORK — Special Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in conjunction with the New York Police Department (NYPD) arrested seven Queens residents and seized close to $2.2 million worth of counterfeit designer merchandise.

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‘Tis the season to avoid holiday hoaxes, scams

“Black Friday” sales drew consumers by the thousands to line up for hours to get a drastically reduced TV, pair of shoes or piece of furniture. Those who chose to literally avoid the holiday rush could also take advantage of “Cyber Monday” and catch equally attractive deals online.

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HSI seizes more than $1 million in counterfeit goods from Detroit retailer

HSI executed a state search warrant at The Source II, located on Woodward Avenue, following an investigation that included multiple undercover buys of counterfeit merchandise. Special agents also served a state search warrant at the Southfield residence of the business owner, Cerhue Walker, where he was arrested on charges of trafficking counterfeit goods. A second suspect, Latrice Walker, was...

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ICE collaborates with industry and international law enforcement agencies to shutdown domain names selling counterfeit merchandise

WASHINGTON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) teamed with industry and 24 law enforcement agencies across 18 countries to shutdown 29,684 domain names that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online to unsuspecting consumers as part of Project Transatlantic/ Operation In-Our-Sites V.

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HSI-led probe leads to arrest of 2 UK men allegedly linked to pre-release leak of The Expendables 3

The suspects, a 36-year-old man from Upton, and a 33-year-old man from Dewsbury, were taken into custody Nov. 25 by detectives with the City of London Police Department’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU).

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ICE, industry warn public of holiday scams

Once it is determined that the items are counterfeit, federal officials will seize the merchandise. But in many instances, the damage to the consumer and the economy has already been done.

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Ford recognizes HSI Detroit for consumer safety, brand protection efforts

When Henry Ford put the country on wheels more than a century ago, Detroit was the center of automotive and manufacturing innovation, a distinction many would argue the Motor City still holds. A hundred years later, Ford Motor Company and special agents with U.S.

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Kuwait Elevated to Special 301 “Priority Watch List”

Washington, D.C. - The United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced today that Kuwait is being moved from the Special 301 Report Watch List to the Priority Watch List.  The Special 301 Report identifies trading partners that do not adequately and effectively protect intellectual property rights. 

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IPR Center welcomes 2 new partner agencies

These new partners greatly strengthen the IPR Center, which was founded in 2000, and serves as one of the U.S. government's key weapons in the fight against criminal counterfeiting and piracy. The center uses the expertise of its 22 member agencies to share information, develop initiatives, coordinate enforcement actions, and conduct investigations related to IP theft.

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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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