We attended the IACC West Coast Law Enforcement Roundtable/Brand Summit in Lakewood, CA, in mid-January 2012. Representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, HSI, LAPD, local Sherriff’s Office’s, as well as, many brand owners were in attendance. The Summit afforded an opportunity for industry and enforcement representatives to discuss the current state of counterfeiting, as well as, emerging trends utilized by counterfeiters. Attendees and panel members also discussed using Federal prosecution in fighting IP crimes, the LAPD’s tactics, and brand owner’s strategies used to pursue counterfeiters, online and on the street. The day following the Summit, we participated in a training for state, federal & local law enforcement, and trained the officers on authentication tips for identifying counterfeit goods bearing certain clients’ trademarks.
As we reflect on these past months and look ahead into our favorite