The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center is reviewing an annual report on the number of IPR seizures that have raised the total estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of the seized goods – had they been genuine – to $1.4 billion.
A federal grand jury indictment alleges a complex commercial/trade fraud scheme in which a Chinese company exported huge amounts of aluminum – disguised as “pallets” to the United States to avoid paying the U.S. $1.8 billion in anti-dumping and countervailing duties
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Global Trade Investigations Division announced July 31, a partnership with Liberty Shared, a nongovernmental organization with global coverage founded in Hong Kong, to combat forced labor in global commerce.
Homeland Security Investigations agents from the San Francisco field office conducted an operation to intercept counterfeit pharmaceuticals, auto parts, and electronics bound for the Bay Area in furtherance of an HSI-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) strategy for targeting the importation, smuggling, and trafficking of counterfeit goods.
Now that summer is here and schools are on summer recess, children are more likely to engage in outdoor activities that can impact their personal safety. Whether riding a bicycle, a skateboard, rollerblading or skating, helmets save lives, unless they’re counterfeit. See what IPR Center Director Steve Francis and others have to say in an article on helmet safety by Consumer Reports.
The 2019 NBA Finals events and games played in the Bay Area filled Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors fans with much excitement, creating a desire among many of them to commemorate their experiences with the purchase of NBA sports clothing and other merchandise. However, many unsuspecting fans could have been victims of purchasing counterfeit merchandize.
Reaching more than 30,000 stakeholders in the last two years, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center’s (IPR Center) outreach program is a key pillar in the effort to combat intellectual property (IP) theft.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) recently named Steve Francis as the new assistant director of the HSI-led Global Trade Investigations Division (GTID) and director of the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center).
With the NBA Finals presented by YouTube TV in full swing, Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)-led IPR Center and HSI San Francisco have warned the public to beware of purchasing counterfeit sports apparel and tickets to games and other events.
Robert Ashton Kerns, 23, of Long Beach, Mississippi, has been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to 46 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release, for possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and fentanyl analogues.
U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. has announced that David Nichols, 69, of Marysville, OH, who was convicted of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit air bags, was sentenced to serve one year in prison and ordered to pay $75,846 in restitution
A federal grand jury has returned a two-count indictment against Ivan Lopez, 34, of Mexico, and Erick Olivas Lopez, 39, of Mexico, charging them with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute at least 400 grams of a substance containing fentanyl.
A criminal information charges a Brooklyn, N.Y., clothing and goods wholesaler with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and trafficking in counterfeit goods in connection with the alleged sale of more than $20 million worth of Chinese-made counterfeit goods to the U.S. military and other government purchasers, as well as to other companies that supply the U.S. government.
The Better Business Bureau study, entitled “Fakes Are Not Fashionable: A BBB Study of the Epidemic of Counterfeit Goods Sold Online,” takes a close look at the proliferation of counterfeit consumer goods and the criminal elements that circulate them.