ICE seizes 70 Websites Offering Counterfeit Merchandise

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) recently seized 70 websites that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise. The 70 websites seized are part of Project Copy Cat, an iteration of Operation In Our Sites (IOS), and closely mimicked legitimate websites selling authentic merchandise and […]

Over $1.5 Million Seized from Online Sale of Counterfeit Sports Apparel manufactured in China

The Department of Justice seized more than $1.5 million in proceeds from the distribution of counterfeit sports apparel and jerseys, following an investigation into the sale of counterfeit goods on commercial websites conducted by the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center), which is led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security […]

Over $47 million in Counterfeit Goods Seized at Flea Market

A very productive enforcement action at the end of April at the Patapsco Flea Market in Baltimore conducted by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) resulted in the agency’s largest counterfeit seizure at a flea market. On Sunday, April 22, HSI special agents executed a federal search warrant […]

Nearly $1 Million Worth of Counterfeit Movies and Music Seized

Two Mexican nationals made their initial appearance in federal court this week on charges of trafficking in counterfeit goods after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents executed a search warrant at a rural Fresno (California)-area home, seizing more than 70,000 pirated copies of music and movies. Alberto Campos-Limon, 24, and […]

ICE Seizes $4 Million Worth of Counterfeit Athletic Apparel

A massive cache of counterfeit athletic apparel was recently found in a Sacramento, California warehouse. Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) are currently working to inventory the contents of a warehouse on the city’s southeast side that yielded one of the largest single seizures of counterfeit apparel ever made […]

Crime of the Century? Software Pirates Steal $100 Million in Revenue from US Companies

Two Chinese nationals have been charged in a 46-count superseding indictment for a variety of charges including software piracy and illegally exporting technology to China. Additionally, a Maryland man, and former NASA employee, has pleaded guilty to charges of criminal copyright infringement. Both investigations are being conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland […]

I.C.E. Seizes more than $896,000 in proceeds from the online sale of counterfeit sports apparel manufactured in China

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)-led National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) and the Department of Justice recently seized more than $896,000 in proceeds from the distribution of counterfeit sports apparel as the result of an investigation into the sale of counterfeit goods on commercial websites. The investigation also resulted in the […]

Importer of Pirated Software Gets “Clicked” . . . into Handcuffs

A California, man was recently arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents for importing more than 1,000 counterfeit Microsoft Office CD-ROMs and selling them to unsuspecting customers over the Internet. Collier Bennett Harper, 30, was taken into custody late Friday (April 6). He is charged in a four-count […]

Stop Infringing Imports at the United States Border

Trademark and copyright piracy (i.e., the production and sale of counterfeit merchandise) is a multi-billion dollar global industry. According to US government reports, pirated and counterfeit products cost US companies up to $250 billion annually and are directly responsible for the loss of 750,000 US jobs.  US law provides a number of remedies to owners […]

Trade & Innovation Law Blog Archive Thru March 1, 2012

T&I Blog ZONE DEFENSE: Counterfeit NBA Gear Seized By TechTradeAttorney posted in Intellectual Property on Saturday, March 3, 2012 I.C.E. Agents confiscate thousands of counterfeit goods at NBA All-Star Weekend More than 2,500 counterfeit items were confiscated as the result of a joint operation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), […]