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Louis Vuitton, Burberry Win Record Damages in Counterfeit Case

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Vancouver–Luxurygoods brands Louis Vuitton and Burberry won record damages of $2.5 million Canadian (about $2.6 million) in a “landmark” counterfeiting and copyright case in Canada. The award from the country’s Federal Court included $1.4 million Canadian for Louis Vuitton and $1.1 million Canadian for co-plaintiffs Burberry Ltd. and Burberry Canada. …

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Italy Steamrolls Fakes in First Nat’l ‘Anti-Counterfeiting Day’

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Venice–-Italy is saying “No to knockoffs.” In a public demonstration to kick off the country’s First National Anti-Counterfeiting Day,” Italian officials drove a steamroller and crushed a pile of confiscated merchandise, destroying 5,000 pairs of counterfeit glasses as well as fake Murano glass and branded footwear, all representing goods produced …

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Business Leaders Welcome Anti-Piracy Strategy

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Washington–Retail associations and other business leaders have welcomed the U.S. government’s first-ever strategy announced this week to fight counterfeiting and intellectual property (IP) theft around the world. In addition to stepping up policing of imports, the Obama administration also sees intellectual-property rights as part of its plan to double exports …

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Coach Sues Dallas Retailer Over Alleged Fakes

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Dallas–Coach Inc. is suing Sam Moon Trading Co., saying the Dallas-based fashion accessories retailer prominently displays and sells counterfeit Coach handbags and wallets in its stores. The lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Dallas, claims the sale of the handbags dilutes Coach’s trademark. Investigators purchased four handbags at Sam Moon stores …