Combating the Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods

On April 3, 2019, President Trump released a “memorandum on combating trafficking in counterfeit and pirated goods” which calls for a report on the state of the issue to be completed by November 1, 2019.  Homeland security is in charge, with consultations from Commerce, Justice, OMB, USTR, and others, including intellectual property rights holders.

The memorandum mentions a couple of prior studies on counterfeiting and piracy, but the current data continues to be lacking — as the GAO wrote in 2010: “U.S. government estimates of economic losses resulting from counterfeiting cannot be substantiated due to the absence of underlying studies.

A few elements of the memorandum are important to consider:

  1. The Administration is treating counterfeit goods and copyright piracy as homeland security and law enforcement issues — directing those groups to to step-up their efforts.
  2. The Administration is focusing as much on trafficking as it is production.  Think about vendors such as Amazon, Physical carriers such as FedEx, digital pipeline operators; payment providers, and customs brokers.  For legitimate intermediaries, however, the focus is on acting as “beneficial partners in combating trafficking.”

Although counterfeit goods may be costing the makers of branded products, the companies trafficking in the goods are making money.  It will be interesting to see the extent that those companies operating on an international scale will be willing to cooperate with US law enforcement.

21 thoughts on “Combating the Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods

  1. 7

    Wow – if you want to hire a moderator for the site and comments I apply – boy are 99% of the comments here off topic.

    Anyway to deal with the topic at hand..

    Yes the companies that are making the counterfeit products are making money…but they are breaking the law. Or should we all not care about that? You treat them really as not morally repugnant as I would like. *Shrug* The UN treaties like the TRIPS treaty compel these countries to cooperate.

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    A humble Gender Studies Professor made the economic/scientific discovery of the century (so far). As it turns out, white people own time. This ground breaking discovery was announced on NPR.

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    1. 6.1

      That’s about the most R ace ist thing that I have seen in a very long time.

      The only one on that story attempting to Raci alize anything is the Rutgers professor.

      You cannot fight race ism with race ism.

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        That’s about the most R ace ist thing that I have seen in a very long time.

        Meet Bildo, ladies and gentlemen. He’s a very serious person, especially when it comes to ignoring white supremacists. Ignoring the existence of white supremacists is probably the one thing that Bildo is the most serious about, in fact.

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        Bildo, remarking on some silly article: That’s about the most R ace ist thing that I have seen in a very long time.


        The Christchurch mosque shootings were two consecutive terrorist attacks at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday Prayer on 15 March 2019… The attacks killed 50 people and injured 50 others. A 28-year-old Australian man, described in media reports as a white supremacist …

        Some silly article on one hand, 100 people killed or maimed on the other. It’s all the same! So says Bildo. Now watch him get offended because I’m pointing out what everyone already knows: he’s a pile of hum@n waste and an enabler/water-carrier for the worst people who ever lived. And he’s a patent maximalist! What a coincidence.


          Wah – your article (now presented) is worse.

          Maybe try to take my comments in context of what is on this board, eh?


            take my comments in context of what is on this board


            You’ll be walking this one back for a couple years, Bildo. Heck, I still remember when you high-fived Night Wiper after he compared critics of software patenting to murderous white supremacists. Oops, my bad! It wasn’t white supremacists. It was “terrorists in Iraq.”

            I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you two should just go up on a hill and blow your br @ins out in protest of subject matter eligibility jurisprudence. You’ll impress everyone! Because you’re so serious and totally not just a pack of hypocritical entitled rightwing m 0 rons.


              No walking back at all – your post was far worse.

              It’s not that difficult to understand (you can do it if you try)

  3. 5

    the very child

    Out of one side of his mealy mouth, Bildo admits that Perznit Pssygrbber is a “child.”

    Out of the other side of his mouth, Bildo insists that we mustn’t question how and why this disgusting “child” was elected in the first place and we mustn’t question why he is still around in spite of his corrupt, criminal and imbecilic behavior.

    Intead we’re (apparently) supposed to pretend that everything is normal and have a (LOL) civil conversation of this narcissistic “child’s” priorities. News flash: he’s a greedy mis 0g y ni st r @ cyst who cares about enriching himself, his family, and his rich buddies (in that order) and literally nothing else matters. What on earth is the point of pretending otherwise?

    1. 5.1

      What part of appropriate forum did you not understand?

      Or are you just aiming to add to your record “most posts expunged for being inappropriate”…?

      Not just more than anybody else, but more than everybody else — combined.

    2. 5.2

      The fact that Trump exists
      proves that G-d does not,
      but that Satan does.

      (Put that on a bumper sticker and see what happens to your car.)

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    Trafficking in counterfeit and pirated goods is indeed a huge problem in America; and indeed all the world.

    Just as is the pirating of at least 100’s of patented innovations by the likes of FAANG and those many companies which march to the same drum beat as do they.

    1. 4.1

      Trafficking in counterfeit and pirated goods is indeed a huge problem in America; and indeed all the world.

      Not nearly as big of a problem as the existence of br@inde@d entitled sycophants like you.

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        Your feelings (and typical lack of control in expressing them by way of empty and mindless ad hominem) are noted.

        @ta boy there, our Trump of Patently-0

  5. 3

    At the mere mention of President Trump, our resident Trump acts out on his emotions, rather than actually taking a cogent look at any of the legal issues on the table.


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      Because a good American just looks the other way. Everything’s normal! Nothing to see here.

      Right, Bildo?

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        …or they find an appropriate forum and do not act like the very child that they h 8te….

        You do realize just why people think that you are the Trump of this blog, right?

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    Democratic lawmakers were concerned about a number of program cuts. Among them: a significant decrease in programs that combat human trafficking.

    And also cuts in programs that monitor domestic terrorist groups (K K K etc). Of course, if some brown people here live in fear of being shot or blown up or separated from their families by some over-testosteroned chatroom-edumicated glibertarian that’s okay because it’s all part of White Jeebus’ super awesome plan.

    The important thing is to prevent the importation of cheap electronics with remote controls running “stolen” “apps” which are the rightful property of the Best People Ever. Every time a hierarchical menu is stolen, a thousand jobs are destroyed.

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