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Checking in with the Champions: 2017 IP Champions for Excellence in Enforcement
Cars have become an essential part of our everyday lives; we rely on them for important daily functions like getting us to work on time and dropping our kids off at school. Oftentimes, minor issues with our motor vehicles can be a major inconvenience, taking a toll on our patience and wallets. Increasingly, people are gravitating toward online retailers and DIY resources out of convenience and to save a couple bucks. However, it’s important to consider the paramount threat of counterfeit vehicle parts, especially as technology becomes more sophisticated.
A branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Operation Engine Newity, won the 2017 GIPC IP Champion for Excellence in Enforcement Award. Managed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Operation Engine Newity targets counterfeit auto parts that endanger consumer health and safety and strain the economy.
Increased online sales have opened new avenues for bad actors to try and cheat consumers and businesses. Fortunately, this multi-agency approach tracks leads and works with nationwide field teams to find illicit goods and get them off the market. Ranging from imitation airbags to engine components and brake pads, Operation Engine Newity has been at work for almost a decade to thwart this criminal activity and to keep consumers safe. Not limited to automobiles, the operation has expanded to protect legitimate aerospace, rail, and heavy industry components.
A major pillar of Operation Engine Newity’s success has been its engagement with the automobile industry. Throughout the duration of its effort, small businesses and online retailers have worked alongside Operation Engine Newity to identify counterfeit parts. And every safety tests on the products that are seized have shown a 100 percent failure rate. GIPC was proud to award Operation Engine Newity its 2017 IP Champion for Excellence in Enforcement.
Who will inspire you at this year’s IP Champions Gala? Join us on September 12 to honor our 2018 awardees.