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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Trump Administration Expected to Crack Down on Marketplace Sites in New Counterfeit-Centric Memo

Almost 10 months after Donald Trump signed a memo aimed at combatting the import of counterfeit goods into the U.S., with an emphasis on “third-party online marketplaces,” including “Alibaba, Amazon, and eBay,” and less than two weeks after reports that the $1 trillion behemoth that is Amazon will do more to prevent the sale of fakes on its sites, the Trump administration released its official plan to cut down on the ever-increasing counterfeit trade. 




A booming industry, the total trade in counterfeit and pirated goods tops $1.5 trillion across the globe, according to the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition. Counterfeit and pirated goods, as well as trade secret theft, cost the U.S. economy, alone, as much as $600 billion a year, or 3 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product, Steve Shapiro, the unit chief for the FBI's intellectual property rights unit told CNBC.
Given the jurisdictional issues when it comes to counterfeit sellers (most are located outside of the U.S.) and other practical roadblocks at play, the fight against fakes is a complex one. “Foreign sellers face little risk of prosecution,” an administration official told Reuters. As such, strong U.S. government action "is necessary to fundamentally realign incentive structures." 
Speaking to CNBC on the heels of the signing of Phase One of Trump’s trade deal with China this month, which follows from claims of rampant infringement of American intellectual property by Chinese entities, Peter Navarro, the Director of the National Trade Council at the White House, revealed that as of now, “if you’re an intellectual property rights holder, whether you’re Michael Kors or Louis Vuitton or Pfizer selling prescription drugs, the onus is really on your company to police the internet, where a lot of this counterfeiting occurs.” 
“That’s not right,” according to Navarro, who says that “the Amazons and the Alibabas, Shopify” – which “have been facilitators of the Chinese counterfeiting” – need to act on their “responsibility to police the problem.” He further noted that sites like “Amazon and eBay” are “making a bunch of money … selling this counterfeit stuff,” without “accepting [their] full responsibility,” which is almost certainly a reference to marketplace sites’ recurring attempt to disclaim liability by asserting that they are not the “sellers” in such equations but merely middlemen. This is what Amazon argued in a recent case over the sale of a defective dog leash that a consumer purchased from its site. 
That case – which could have sweeping impacts for Amazon and its vas third-party marketplace – is still underway, with a Third Circuit Court of Appeals hearing en banc expected this year.  
As for the Trump administration’s latest counterfeit-specific plan, on Friday, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Strategy, Policy & Plans released a report entitled, “Combatting Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods,” stating that at the forefront of the “best practices for private sector stakeholders” is “the idea that e-commerce platforms, online third-party marketplaces, and other third-party intermediaries such as customs brokers and express consignment carriers must take a more active role in monitoring, detecting, and preventing trafficking in counterfeit and pirated goods.” 
An increased focus on the crack down on counterfeits will be a welcome development for fashion and luxury brands, in particular, which is a particularly hard-hit segment of the market when it comes to the scale of the manufacturing and sale of counterfeits. After all, luxury goods are amongst the most commonly affected, with fake luxury products – from logo-bearing sunglasses to fake leather goods and shoes – accounting for “between 60 to 70 percent” of the total sales of counterfeit goods, per Harvard Business Review, “ahead of pharmaceuticals and entertainment products and representing perhaps [the equivalent of] one quarter of the estimated $1.2 trillion total trade in authentic luxury goods.”
With that in mind and given the need for luxury brands, in particular, to maintain the image of exclusivity associated with their valuable trademarks, brands routinely spend tens of millions of dollars each year to police unauthorizes uses of their trademarks. HBR reported in May that LVMH Mo√ęt Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the parent company to 75 luxury goods brands, including fashion houses like Louis Vuitton, Dior, Givenchy, and Celine, “employs at least 60 lawyers and spends $17 million annually on anti-counterfeiting legal action.” 
All the while, luxury titans have been busy lobbying governments “to extend enforcement bodies’ powers to seize and destroy fake goods, and to block access to websites that sell counterfeit goods,” per HBR. If the impending memo is any indication, the Trump administration is willing to up the ante. oa here
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Thursday, October 24, 2019

President Trump enthusiastically tours new Louis Vuitton workshop that will employ 500 in Texas flanked by his chic daughter Ivanka

President Donald Trump toured the new Louis Vuitton leather workshop in Alvarado, Texas on Thursday
Trump was joined by his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner 
The family toured the new Louis Vuitton facility and spoke with workers
Just prior to arriving at the plant, Ivanka had been photographed clutching a Chanel bag 
The bag, however, was noticeably absent when she arrived with her father at the Louis Vuitton plant 
Following the tour, Trump was scheduled to headline a campaign rally in Dallas 
Trump began his trip to Texas on Thursday at a fundraiser in Fort Worth that raised about $5.5 million for Trump Victory

Trump arrived at the Louis Vuitton plant in Alvarado on Thursday afternoon where he toured the new facility and spoke with workers.
Just prior to arriving at the plant, Ivanka had been photographed clutching a Chanel bag.
The bag, however, was noticeably absent when she arrived with her father at the Louis Vuitton plant.
Looking to promote new jobs, the first family were spotted touring the Louis Vuitton plant and being shown various production lines.


President Donald Trump toured the new Louis Vuitton leather workshop in Alvarado, Texas on Thursday

President Donald Trump toured the new Louis Vuitton leather workshop in Alvarado, Texas on Thursday


Trump was joined by his daughter Ivanka as they toured the new plant and spoke to workers

Trump was joined by his daughter Ivanka as they toured the new plant and spoke to workers

Just prior to arriving at the plant, Ivanka had been photographed clutching a Chanel bag

The bag, however, was noticeably absent when she arrived with her father at the Louis Vuitton plant
Just prior to arriving at the plant, Ivanka had been photographed clutching a Chanel bag. The bag, however, was noticeably absent when she arrived with her father at the Louis Vuitton plant


Trump and Ivanka participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new workshop alongside Chief Executive of LVMH Bernard Arnault, CEO of Louis Vuitton Michael Burke and Alexandre Arnault (left to right)
Trump and Ivanka participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new workshop alongside Chief Executive of LVMH Bernard Arnault, CEO of Louis Vuitton Michael Burke and Alexandre Arnault (left to right)

'I've seen that before,' Trump told his tour guides while pointing to one of the iconic bags set up on a table.
Trump went on to address a crowd at the plant for a ribbon cutting ceremony.
'This workshop will soon employ 500 of the most highly skilled workers anywhere in the world,' Trump said.
'No one can match the precision and perfection of an American artisan.'
During his speech, he heaped praise on his daughter and son-in-law and made them stand so the crowd could applaud them.
Trump said Ivanka was 'responsible for 14 million jobs this year'.
Following the tour, Trump was scheduled to headline a campaign rally in Dallas.
Trump began his trip to Texas on Thursday at a fundraiser in Fort Worth that raised about $5.5 million for Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee benefiting the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee.
The Texas visit comes at a critical time for Trump, whose dealings with the president of Ukraine are the subject of a quickly unfolding impeachment inquiry run by House Democrats.
While Republicans have largely defended Trump, they have sounded alarms over his decision to pull U.S. troops out of northeast Syria - a move that paved the way for Turkey to invade and assault the Kurds, who'd fought alongside the U.S. in its campaign against Islamic State militants.


Trump, chief executive of LVMH Bernard Arnault (center),  Bernard Arnault (second from right) and Ivanka listened as workers spoke during the tour

Trump, chief executive of LVMH Bernard Arnault (center),  Bernard Arnault (second from right) and Ivanka listened as workers spoke during the tour


Trump arrived at the Louis Vuitton plant in Alvarado on Thursday afternoon where he toured the new facility and spoke with workers

Trump arrived at the Louis Vuitton plant in Alvarado on Thursday afternoon where he toured the new facility and spoke with workers


'I've seen that before,' Trump told his tour guides while pointing to one of the iconic bags set up on a table

I've seen that before,' Trump told his tour guides while pointing to one of the iconic bags set up on a table


Trump tours the Louis Vuitton workshop with Bernard Arnault (right), Alexandre Arnault (third from right), Ivanka Trump and Michael Burk (second from left)

Trump tours the Louis Vuitton workshop with Bernard Arnault (right), Alexandre Arnault (third from right), Ivanka Trump and Michael Burk (second from left)
Upon landing in Texas on Thursday, Trump credited his threat of sanctions on Turkey and the violence that has taken place for the announcement of a cease-fire, though critics say Trump green-lit the incursion and put the Kurdish forces in danger by announcing a U.S. troop withdrawal.
Trump described the cease-fire as an 'incredible outcome' that could not have occurred 'unless you went somewhat unconventional.'
A White House meeting between Trump and congressional lawmakers to discuss the situation devolved into an insult-fest on Wednesday, with the president calling Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a 'third-grade politician' and Pelosi storming out.
Trump and Pelosi continued to trade jabs after the meeting, with each accusing the other of having a meltdown.
Texas is an important state for Republicans.
Trump carried the Republican stronghold and its 38 Electoral College votes by 9 points in 2016. But Democrats have pointed to demographic trends as well as the fact that Republican Sen. Ted Cruz won reelection by just over 2 points last year as evidence that the second-most-populous state could soon be in play.
Trump's campaign and the RNC have been raking in money, raising a record $125 million in the third quarter of this year.
By comparison, former President Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee raised just over $70 million in the third quarter of 2011 for his reelection campaign.


Trump speaks during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Louis Vuitton workshop

Trump speaks during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Louis Vuitton workshop


During his speech, he heaped praise on his daughter and son-in-law and made them stand so the crowd could applaud them. Ivanka was spotted waving to the crowd as they clapped

During his speech, he heaped praise on his daughter and son-in-law and made them stand so the crowd could applaud them. Ivanka was spotted waving to the crowd as they clapped


Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were front row for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Louis Vuitton workshop in Texas on Thursday

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were front row for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Louis Vuitton workshop in Texas on Thursday


Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross listen during an event with Trump on Thursday

Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross listen during an event with Trump on Thursday


Trump waves after stepping off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington after returning from a campaign rally in Texas

Trump waves after stepping off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington after returning from a campaign rally in Texas


White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump arrive at Andrews Air Force Base to board Marine One for a short trip to the White House. The couple traveled with President Donald Trump to Texas for a rally and to tour the Louis Vuitton Workshop

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump arrive at Andrews Air Force Base to board Marine One for a short trip to the White House. The couple traveled with President Donald Trump to Texas for a rally and to tour the Louis Vuitton Workshop
President Donald Trump has toured a new Louis Vuitton leather workshop in Texas with his daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner in tow.

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Border Patrol seized fake NBA championship rings valued at $560,000


 The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency busted a counterfeit shipment of National Basketball Association championship rings at Los Angeles International Airport. This crackdown comes before the sport’s pre-season start on Sept. 30.


 Photo credit Fox News
In a press release sent out Wednesday, the federal agency reported there were 28 rings seized that violated protected trademarks and designs for 11 NBA teams. The report also noted that if found genuine, the seized rings would have an approximate manufacturer suggested retail price of $560,000.
The discovery was made by U.S. CBP officers working in the airport’s cargo operations department. During an enforcement exam, the officers found the shipment had arrived from China and had a final destination in Arizona. 
 Photo Credit Fox News

“The rings were found inside of a wooden box, with the apparent intent to be sold as a collection,” the report elaborated. “The quantity and estimated MSRP value of counterfeit items seized are clear indications of the profits that are involved in the illegal trade of counterfeit NBA championship rings.”
This seizure valued at over half a million dollars comes at a time when businesses and the U.S. government are trying to curb intellectual property theft from china.
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Monday, October 10, 2016

Melania Supports Her Husband in a GUCCI 'Pussy Bow' Blouse

We did it! We made it through the second debate!  ...but there was one important topic not talked about-in tonight's debates, Fashion!!

Melania, Donold Trumps wife, made it very clear that she was standing by her man at Sunday night's presidential debate as he took on Hilary Clinton in the second showdown of the election season.  This coming just two days after video emerged in which Donald could be heard making lewd comments about women.

'And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything,' Donald can be heard saying on the tape as he speaks with former Access Hollywood host and current Today anchor Billy Bush. 'Grab them by the p****.' 

Melania did not however speak to the press or comment about the debate on social media but instead made a larger statement in what she wore to the debate.



Choosing an interesting outfit for Sunday night's debate, opting to wear an $1,100 silk crepe de chine Gucci blouse with a 'pussy bow.'  Girl can rock a pink 'pussy' blouse by Gucci.   It has not been confirmed wether Melania's outlfit was on purpose but we can say it has gotten a lot of attention! What do you think Comment below!




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