Counterfeit goods proliferate online Benny Evangelista Updated 08:53 p.m., Thursday, July 12, 2012 The seizure of dozens of websites selling fake goods announced by federal authorities Thursday is the latest proof that online counterfeiters are employing ever more sophisticated tactics to lead consumers astray. After a four-month probe called Project Copy Cat, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators shut
Trademark owners may be eligible to receive free assistance with protecting consumers from fraud perpetrated by parties who infringe your trademarks (your public identity). If you are a trademark owner experiencing trademark infringement, trademark counterfeiting or trademark counterfeiting conspiracy by unlicensed parties, please contact us to learn how we can help you.
Trademark counterfeiting conspiracy occurs when multiple parties traffic in trademark counterfeit items, such as patches, flags, banners, rank certificates, etc. Under revised Federal statutes, martial art instructors and/or martial art school owners may be found guilty of trademark counterfeiting conspiracy merely by participating in the illegal act such as receiving, distributing, selling, etc. any item
Martial Arts Fraud is a public service initiative sponsored by the non-profit U.S. Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan Federation. This website provides educational information about specific circumstances with a high potential for consumers to be defrauded when searching for and selecting a martial art school as well as for students who are already enrolled
The U.S. Patent And Trademark Office (USPTO) officially records and maintains government records documenting federally registered trademark owners as the exclusive source for their particular products and/or services that the trademark owner regulates and controls to their standards. Trademark infringers and trademark counterfeiters confusingly imply, suggest or otherwise represent to consumers that they are associated with, affiliated with, approved
Many of us tend to trust before trust is earned and only later question when unexpected events occur. Unquestioning, “trusting” behavior is exactly what fraudsters, scam artists and con artists count on; they count on their victims failing to perform any due diligence process. Unfortunately, some people may spend more time conducting due diligence such as supplier
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”Edmund Burke Testify: Report Fraud If you have been a victim of fraud and wish to seek a legal remedy, then at some point you will probably be required to testify and provide factual evidence to support your claims whether in
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When material fact is misrepresented to consumers by trademark infringers and/or trademark counterfeiters elements of consumer fraud are present.
In addition to trademark infringement and trademark counterfeiting laws, right of publicity laws address another tactic that may be employed by fraudsters which is the unlicensed use of a well known person’s image or likeness beyond fair use. One common illegal practice is affixing an unlicensed image or likeness of a famous person to a product, website,