Use of IP-PIs Embraced by International Trademark Association (INTA)

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California IP attorney Scott Alan Burroughs published a recent article in the Above the Law website titled, IP And PIs: How The Right Investigator Can Make or Break Your Intellectual Property Case—PIs can help litigators bridge the gap between vague suspicion and a fact pattern robust enough to support a complaint.

Here is one of his quotes, “Not every infringement case requires a team of investigators, but they can be critical in helping litigators bridge the gap between vague suspicion and a fact pattern robust enough to support a complaint. In fact, the International Trademark Association has stated explicitly that instead of contacting law enforcement, which can be time-consuming and often to little effect, “companies are often better off placing their first call to an IP-PI.”[1]

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The Trademark Counterfeiter’s Depot – Self-Storage Facilities: Another Third-Party Supply Chain Intermediary – Part I

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Self-Storage facilities around the world have more in common than just providing space at reasonable rates for persons in need of more storage space or in transition—they have been (and continue to be) an often preferred choice for the storage of trademark counterfeits.

SELF-STORAGE CRIMINAL MONTAGE SAMPLING

  • December 2014, U.S. law enforcement raided a self-storage facility in Queens, New York, seizing counterfeit goods valued at $2.2 million
  • October 2017, British law enforcement (Greater Manchester Region) raided six addresses (which included self-storage units) and seized enough fake designer clothes to fill a truck valued at $2.7 million
  • January 2018, U.S law enforcement raided a self-storage facility in Nassau County, New York, and came up with counterfeits valued at $25 million
  • March 2018, British law enforcement (West Midlands Region) seized counterfeit alcohol and tobacco from a self-storage facility valued at $4.2 million
  • May 2018, U.S. law enforcement raided a self-storage facility in Laredo, Texas and seized counterfeit goods valued at $16 million

WILLFUL BLINDNESS

According to retired NYPD detective William Ryan, president of Ryan Investigative Group, who was quoted in a 2016 New York Times article titled: Counterfeiting Trade Settles Into a New York Standby: Self-Storage Units, “They’re (self-storage operators) not paying attention to handbags and all this stuff moving in and out on a daily basis,” he said. “Suppose they weren’t moving handbags, they’re moving weapons. ‘See something, say something?’ Not in these places.”[1]

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Blockchain Research Embraced in Global Fight Against IP Theft

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“If I understand Blockchain correctly, it will revolutionize tracking of goods somewhat like how GPS revolutionized navigation.”

That statement was made by U.S. Congressman Ralph Abraham, member of the Committee on Science, Space, & Technology, at their May 8th congressional hearing on the topic: Leveraging Blockchain Technology to Improve Supply Chain Management and Combat Counterfeit Goods.

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