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‘Counterfeit’ is Not a Matter of Interpretation

If it weren’t so scary, it would be funny: two different U.S. appeals courts came to two different conclusions about subsidies associated with the Affordable Care Act.  Interpreting the language of the law, it seems, is a bit tricky. Interpretation continues to be an issue with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) or as I…

Anti-Counterfeiting Measures Move Forward

The U.S. government’s offensive against counterfeit electronics components has made progress in recent weeks. The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced a second successful prosecution of  a dealer of counterfeit electronics parts. (See: Anatomy of a Counterfeit Electronics Operation). Another segment of the government has commended the use of unique identifiers in its ongoing battle…

Counterfeit Components: Are Warnings Enough?

In spite of the electronics industry’s ongoing efforts, there may be no “best way” to fight counterfeit components. One of the hurdles in this effort is the issue of anonymity as it pertains to reporting the inadvertent acquisition a counterfeit. There mere admission that a counterfeit got through a company’s firewall casts doubt on that…