About Rob Holmes

Rob Holmes is Founder & CEO of IPCybercrime.com. Raised in New Jersey in a family of private investigators, Rob worked his first trademark infringement case at the age of twelve. While aspiring as a stand-up comedian in Los Angeles in the early 90s, he was employed at a premiere intellectual property investigative firm. Here, he found himself assigned to investigate a new breed of faceless perpetrators: online infringers. Rob conducted some of the world’s first IP-related Internet investigations, and pioneered the study of the “virtual crime scene”. His regular clients include 20 of the 100 Best Global Brands. Rob is a private eye, funny guy, blogger, Calvinist, Freemason, Prius owner, and a Gene Hackman Fan.

Fakes in Film: Orphan Black

Fakes in Film Orphan BlackAnybody watch the Season 2 Premiere of this cool show?! Well, if you didn’t this post may be a bit of a spoiler, but not much.  For those of you who have not seen the show yet, here is a brief summary: Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction television series starring Tatiana Maslany as several identical women who are revealed to be clones. The series focuses on Sarah Manning, a woman who assumes the identity of her clone, Elizabeth (Beth) Childs, after witnessing Beth’s suicide. The series raises issues about the moral and ethical implications of human cloning and its effect on issues of personal identity.

From an entertainment perspective my respect goes out to the lead actress, Tatiana Maslany, who plays multiple roles including a streetsmart grifter (Sarah), a manic suburban mom (Alison), a pot-smoking lesbian scientist (Cosima) and a feral Russian assassin (Helena) among others. For those of you who have not seen the show (yet), the main character is Sarah, who is partnered with Alison and Cosima, pooling their collective resources to figure out who made them and who is trying to kill them off.  Maslany’s award-worthy performances are often done playing opposite herself, whether in shootouts or comedic banter.  But the reason I’m writing about Orphan Black on Knockoff Report is the cloning issue. On the surface, cloning can be an interesting topic in the IP debate.

The thing that made me think hard about this wasn’t the epically cool first season.  It was this week’s Season 2 premiere that really brought out the IP geek in me.  The scientist, Cosima, is investigating the codes embedded in their DNA and cracks it. Turns out, embedded in her DNA, and the rest of her clone sisters is a patent notice. Her quote, “We’re property. They patented us.” was the topic of this episode which was entitled “Personal Property”. As interesting as this seems, this is still not why Rob Holmes, an anticounterfeiting expert and enthusiast, was drawn to write about this.  Here is the reason: I admit I do not know the outcome of the entire series and this is where speculation comes in. But, assuming one of the individuals is an original… are the patent owners actually counterfeiters? I say yes.  If I owned the patent for a duplication device, it would not give me rights over the items I copy.  Only rights overs the duplication process.  A patent is a grant of ownership over a specific process. Patents do not protect images, words or content.  This show is very good and I hope it goes on for many seasons.  If this is the case, we will not know some of those answers for years to come.  This means my actual argument may not even be valid until perhaps more seasons pass.  Is there an original?  Was the original created, or born?  But, as an IP geek, this is fun stuff and will keep us thinking for many years to come.

Now, I’m going to finish my coffee.

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Knockoff Report™ #534

Counterfeit American Flags Made In China Seized In Huntington Park Raid - Knockoff Report™ #534Counterfeit American Flags Made In China Seized In Huntington Park Raid

Man Convicted Of Selling $2.6 Million In Knockoff Batteries To The US Navy

Police Grapple With Cybercrime

Google Faces New Pressure From States to Crack Down on Illegal Online Drug Sales

More Than $1M in Fake Soccer Gear Seized in GA

Online Shopping Portals Account for 25% of Counterfeit Goods Sales: Study

Authorities Seize More Than $150K Of Counterfeit Designer Items From Delco Store

Replica World Cup Trophies Seized in Anti-Piracy Swoop

Implications Of U.S. Sanctions Program On Intellectual Property Owners

Peru Flooded with Counterfeit Contraceptives - Knockoff Report™ #534Peru Flooded with Counterfeit Contraceptives

Stolen Vials of Cancer Drug Reintroduced as Counterfeits

Midstate Man Sentenced for Selling Counterfeit Goods

Blaming China Oversimplifies Real Sources of Global Counterfeit Menace

Plain Cigs Packs Will Make Counterfeiting Easier

Man Charged in Counterfeit Clothing Bust Claims He’s Guilty by Association

Knock-Off Brand-Name Items Now Burgeoning in Japan

Huntsville Man Sentenced to 2 years, Restitution Fines for Thousands of Counterfeit DVDs, CDs

Clone Strike: Flappy Bird Knockoff Kills It In Kuwait

Dubai Warehouse, Dhs16m Worth of Counterfeit Beauty Products Seized

Armani and Prada Among Fake Goods From Barras Donated Overseas

Gov’t Seizes P6.24 B Worth of Counterfeit Goods

Seized Counterfeit Clothing Helps Local Causes

Two Arrested For Counterfeit Casino Chips In Maryland

EFCC Arrests Suspected Counterfeit Software Reseller in Lagos

Hounslow Software Counterfeiting Operation Busted

Market Trader Who Sold Fake Designer Goods Told Court he Was Helping People Who Couldn’t Afford Real Thing

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Rabbi Osdoba Clarifies ‘Beware of Counterfeit Kashrus’ - Knockoff Report™ #533

Rabbi Osdoba Clarifies: ‘Beware of Counterfeit Kashrus’

Counterfeit Engine Oil Dealers Could Face Trouble

China to Crack Down on Online Piracy, Counterfeit Goods

Another Chinese Counterfeit Product: Social-Media Followers

Ultimate Warrior Stop Selling Knockoff Merch… Or We’ll Sue

Cher’s People After Counterfeit T-Shirt Vendors

Man Sentenced in Counterfeit Martin Guitar Scheme

A Bitcoin Knockoff for Insane Clown Posse Fans: JuggaloCoin

Pastor Is Convicted of Trying to Sell Counterfeit Art

This British Supermarket Is Selling Knockoff Roshes

France Seizes Record Haul of Counterfeit Drugs from China

Millions in Counterfeit Luxury Goods Recovered, Six Arrested

CBS46 News

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Man Faces 20 Years in Prison in Counterfeit Computer Chip Scheme - Knockoff Report™ #532Man Faces 20 Years in Prison in Counterfeit Computer Chip Scheme

WWE loses court fight to seize counterfeit merchandise at WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans

Dangerous Counterfeit Air Bag Explodes With Shrapnel

Medford Man Accused Of Making Counterfeit Charlie Cards

Counterfeit Chanel and Dud Dolce Found in Fake Fashion Haul in Gloucestershire

Bristol Man Caught Selling Counterfeit Clothes and Shoes

Two Arrested With Over 100 Counterfeit Credit Cards

Dropbox’s Anti-Piracy System That Protects Privacy

Lie-agra: Authorities confiscate 140,000 counterfeit viagra pills in Shenzhen

Chestermere Man Charged in Connection With Counterfeit Oxycodone

HK Customs Seizes Counterfeit Goods at 270,000 HKD

Judge Slices Bill Koch’s $12 Million Verdict in Counterfeiting Lawsuit

Counterfeit Electronics Can Be Dangerous, Fund Illegal Activity

Dr. Oz Spotlights Counterfeit Drugs and Reveals Cholesterol-Lowering Diet

Is That Brand Name Makeup You Bought Online a Knockoff?

Forget Suing Filesharers: in 2014, Anti-Piracy Efforts Follow the Money

Counterfeit Final Four Merchandise Targeted

BUYER BEWARE: Knock-offs Also Target Off-Brand Suppliers

$50,000 of Counterfeit Bags Seized in York County

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Knockoff Report™ #531

A Motorola Droid phone is seen displaying the Google search application in New YorkGuilty Pleas in First U.S. Counterfeit Apps Case

Hoops Fans Warned About Counterfeit Tickets Ahead of NCAA Tournament Games

The Nine Most Counterfeited Products in America

Hollywood’s Antipiracy Efforts Add New Voice

Boca Raton Mall Kiosk Owner Arrested In Counterfeit Cartier Jewelry Bust

Counterfeit Goods Smuggling Up Sharply at Texas Border

Local Cops Bust New York Thieves in $400K Counterfeit Retail Receipt Scheme

Stow Fair Trader Ordered to Pay £55,000 for Counterfeit Sales

China Primary Source for Counterfeit Goods Seized in US:Report

Video Store Shuttered for Selling Counterfeit Cigarettes, Officials Say

Drake Concerts Hit by Hundreds of Counterfeit Tickets

100 Counterfeit Hair Curlers Among Customs Seizures

Non-Disclosure Agreements May Not Protect Intellectual Property

Chinese Task Force to Target Counterfeit Food and Drugs

Somalia: Puntland’s Health Ministry Vows to deal with ‘Counterfeit drugs’

 

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