The Perils of Using Chinese Contract Investigators

One of the essential strategies used by brand holders to acquire information about the promoters behind the counterfeiting of their IP, is to seek out the assistance of reliable local contract investigators. The application of this approach, however, is particularly challenging in certain parts of China. Systemic Fraud According to an Associated Press investigative segment…

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IP Networking and Zero Tolerance

In a prior post titled, “Assessment of Jurisdictional Public and Private IP Crime Resources,” I said, “One basic complication to assessing an IP holder’s security risks, and activating strategies to address those risks will, in part, depend on the IP protection laws and the force behind the jurisdictional (foreign and domestic) investigative units. That is…

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China to Australia Counterfeit Auto Parts Connection

It was widely reported in late May that Chinese authorities conducted a raid in the Guangzhou region, and seized 33,000 fake Toyota auto parts bound for Australia, as well as 55,000 bogus Toyota boxes. According to news reports, Australian undercover operatives entered the facilities of two independent distributors of Toyota auto parts, in Sydney and…

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