Counterfeit & Illicit Trade Monitor

By Hans J. Schwab | An illicittrade.com initiative 

Your Amazon orders could be counterfeits 🤐

It feels like evvveryone is hopping on the Amazon train. With one-hour delivery, massive Whole Foods discounts, and...

Whole Foods

On Amazon, Fake Products Plague Smaller Brands

Counterfeiters hijack companies’ own listings with low-quality products and cut-rate prices<p>Amazon.com Inc. has made it easy for small brands to sell their products to large numbers of customers, but that has also enabled some counterfeiters to cut into their business.<p>Sassa Akervall gets much of the …

eCommerce

Burberry Burned $32 Million Worth of Products to Protect Its Brand

British luxury fashion brand Burberry has allegedly burned more than £28 million (more than $32.6 million) of its merchandise in the past year in an …

Luxury Lifestyle

How the sale of stolen antiquities funds organized crime

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the early hours of July 4, more than 250 police officers simultaneously searched 40 buildings in Italy, Germany, England and Spain. The raids followed a four-year investigation by Italy's Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage and Anti-Counterfeiting , the world's …

Can you tell the authentic $5,000 Chanel from the $170 fake? From the serial number to the zipper - experts list the seven signs to look for when shopping for a designer bag

With so many realistic counterfeit bags for sale, it can be a challenge to know whether your latest designer 'bargain' buy is the real deal.<p>The team …

Chanel

Microsoft launches ambitious blockchain project to help creators get paid

It seems that Microsoft isn’t done experimenting with blockchain technology.<p>Microsoft and Ernst & Young (EY) announced the launch of a blockchain solution for content rights and royalties management on Wednesday.<p>The blockchain solution is first implemented for Microsoft’s game publisher partners. …

Chinese Fans Paid Dearly for World Cup Tickets That Never Materialized

HONG KONG — Xue Qiulian has been a die-hard fan of Argentina’s national soccer team since his junior high school days in Guangzhou, a southern Chinese megacity. But his dream of seeing the team play live was always out of reach — until this year, when he could finally afford to attend the World …

Counterfeit spirits and wine costs European countries €2.7 billion each year

Counterfeit spirits and wine cost the European economy €2.7 billion a year, a new report has revealed. In the UK alone, fraud in the sector cost €249 …

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Chinese Customs Seizes Huge Amounts of Counterfeit FIFA Merchandise

Among the counterfeit products impounded by customs officers are soccer balls, jerseys and shirts, China Daily reported.<p>© REUTERS / Brendan …

How to tell if your prosecco is fake, according to an expert

For those of you who treasure prosecco as your favourite tipple, the news that you may have been drinking a counterfeit will likely leave a sour …

Toxic and untaxed: perils of global trade in bootleg liquor exposed

Up to half of all alcoholic drinks consumed in Africa and Latin America are illicit, often with fatal consequences<p>Up to half of all alcoholic drinks consumed in countries across Africa and Latin America are illicit – more than double previous estimates – according to new analysis.<p>Methanol, mortuary …

Fake Fortnite for Android apps are appearing online - whatever you do, DON'T download them

It’s one of the most popular games on the App Store, with a version expected to drop for Android ‘this summer.’<p>But ahead of the Android launch, …

No Bull: Chinese Brand Creates Knockoff Lamborghini Urus

Huansu Auto's X-Series will go on sale in China in just a few days.<p>The Lamborghini Urus is a 650-horsepower (484-kilowatt) supercar disguised as an …

Chinese man fined $15m for counterfeit goods

ST JAMES, Jamaica — A Chinese national was fined $15 million or eight months in prison at hard labour for the unlicensed use of trademark when he …

Seaham family jailed after selling counterfeit goods

Four members of a Seaham family have been sentenced to jail after being found guilty of selling counterfeit cigarettes and tobacco.<p>Ian Brace, 53, and …

Your Next Glass of Wine Might Be a Fake—and You'll Love It

Ari Walker had been working in the wine business for a few months when the dreams started. He didn’t know much about wine; he’d left college and …

Wine

FCC asks Amazon and eBay to stop selling fake pay TV boxes

On Friday, the Federal Communications Commission sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and eBay CEO Devin Wenig asking their companies to help remove the listings for fake pay TV boxes from their respective websites. These boxes often falsely bear the FCC logo, the letter informed, and are used to …

‘20% of all wine in the world is fake’ – this expert’s guide will save you a fortune

Last month we placed the fake wines coming out of China under the microscope, asking our followers if they could spot the two fakes from the real …

"They're just bits of plastic"

Of all the counterfeit cycle products available the most ubiquitous are Oakley sunglasses – fake Oaks are known as "Foakleys."<p>0<p>SHARES<p><b>Oakley Radarlock</b> …

Alibaba's struggle with football fakes ahead of World Cup

China may not have made it to this year's World Cup, but in some form it will still have a presence in every stadium, at every game. 

25 people hospitalized in New York from what police suspect was synthetic marijuana

<b>(CNN) —</b> Twenty-five people have been hospitalized in the same area of Brooklyn after having negative reactions from what's believed to be synthetic marijuana known as K2, according to Lt. Paul Ng with the New York Police Department.<p>There have been no fatalities, Ng said Saturday night. According to …

Synthetic Cannabinoids

ECJ ruling on parallel imports: Is re-labelling considered repackaging? - DER Blog zum Thema "Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz"

Veröffentlicht am: 18. May, 2018<p>Is prior information and the provision of a package design to the trademark owner a prerequisite for parallel imports …

UK: Tackling Counterfeit Medicines In India - Deloitte

India is one of the leading global producers of low-cost generic medicines due to its high domestic demand and inexpensive manufacturing costs.

8 Ways Brands Can Fight Counterfeits in China

Counterfeit luxury goods are big business in China. Together, China and Hong Kong are estimated to be the source of 86% of the world’s counterfeit goods—an amount that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates is worth about $397 billion. Fake merchandise accounted for 12.5% of China’s exports in …

Microsoft responds to e-waste recycler’s jail sentence: ‘he was counterfeiting Windows software’

The company feels its role has been ‘misrepresented’<p>In response to stories about the 15-month jail sentence given to Eric Lundgren, Microsoft has written a strident blog post detailing its perspective on the case. The post, titled “The facts about a recent counterfeiting case brought by the U.S. …

Une fondation suisse lutte contre le commerce illégal dans le luxe

vendredi, 27.04.2018<p>Au cours de l’année 2017, il s’est produit en Suisse deux fois plus de braquages de bijouterie qu’en 2016. ProVeros se dédie à …

DeBeers rolls out app to clean up Sierra Leone diamond supply chain

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Global diamond giant De Beers is rolling out an app to help small-scale, artisanal diamond miners in Sierra Leone certify that gems they pry from the soil are legal, the Anglo American unit said on Thursday.<p>The initiative is the latest attempt by the industry to clean up …