UL Certification Marks … signify that representative samples of a product have been tested & found to comply with UL safety requirements … production samples are inspected randomly at factories throughout the world … appear on products in the form of labels, stampings, or silk screenings 9
Bill signed into law March 16, 2006 H.R. 32 – The “Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act” Purpose: To amend title 18, United States Code, Section 2320, to provide criminal penalties for trafficking in counterfeit marks. Status: • Passed in the Senate on February 15, 2006 • Passed in the House of Representatives on March 7, 2006 • Scheduled for signature by the President, March 16, 2006, law is effective upon signature
UL’s PositionZero Tolerance PolicyIt is the policy of UL LLC (UL) not to consent to the importation,exportation, or manipulation of merchandise that has been seizedby US Customs or any other international law enforcement agency forbearing counterfeit UL Certification Marks. This policy is uniformlyapplied and is considered reasonable and necessary in order to protectthe integrity of UL’s Registered Marks.UL does not compromise or negotiate with respect to this policy.
UL Listed Mark Elements UL trademark “LISTED” in capital letters Control Number LISTED Product Identity (may 2J78CLASS 2 POWER SUPPLY be optional if molded in)The UL Listing Mark will always be on the product!(unless size & shape doesn’t permit then on the smallest unit packaging)
Other Markings UL File Number (optional) E123456 Model No. ABC-987 LISTED 2J78 CLASS 2 POWER SUPPLY
Holographic Labels for Certain Products Decorative Lighting Strings & Outfits Extension Cords Fixtures Flexible Cord Lamps Nightlights Outlet Strips
UL Component Recognition Mark The Component Recognition marking is found on wide range of products. Components may have restrictions on their performance or may be incomplete in construction 45
UL Component Recognition Mark Component REQUIRED MARKINGS Catalog, Type or Model Designation and Company Identification: Trade-name or file number e.g. E210882
Education – Law Enforcement• Training for US Customs andBorder Protection personnel• Training for Immigration andCustoms Enforcement personnel• Training for other federal and localagencies (FBI, DOJ, USPTO, localpolice, Fire Marshals, etc.)• Training for internationalauthorities (policeagencies, INTERPOL, Customs, etc.)
Education – Outreach • Membership in anti-counterfeiting industry organizations and task forces • Provide testimony to US Senate and Canadian Parliamentary Committees • Primary sponsor and organizer of the International Law Enforcement IP Crime Conference – 2007 and 2008 • Participation as keynote speakers and/or panelists at various industry events • ACO web site (www.UL.com/ace) • Internal training and awareness
UL’s Commitment to LawEnforcement• A timely response to all inquiries; • Complete and full product analysis, professional reports and timely disclosure; • On-site authentication of UL-marked products as required by law enforcement during the execution of warrants; • UL expert witness testimony as needed at all judicial proceedings; • Trademark registration certificates (at UL’s expense); • Victim impact statements; • Any other assistance your agency may require.
Common Types of Problems/HazardsEncountered in Counterfeit Electrical ProductsUndersized and/or faulty wiringPlastics with inadequate impact andflammability resistancePoor electrical connectionsAll of the above could lead to fire and/or shock hazards
Undersize copperfound in 16 awg labeled cord White sample from true 16awg cord Blue wire in cord marked as 16awg
Counterfeit Power Strip undergoing testing Undersized wire, poor insulation
Identifying Real Square D Circuit Breakers Real Counterfeit U/L label on real Breaker is mounted wire terminal plate upside down on real breaker is against case arc shoot opening on real breaker hasmounting clip on real squared cornersbreaker is yellow & bottomChromate& half of edge of openingtop of clip is visible is angled up
Counterfeit Circuit Breakers are Dangerous!Circuit Breaker Exploding During Test
Warning signsthat products may be counterfeitAny product that references UL on the carton/product but has nocompany name or addressAny product that references UL on the packaging, but not on theproduct itselfCheap, shoddy workmanship/packagingIf it’s too good to be true, it’s probably counterfeit.Purchase electrical products only at reputable dealers. 62
For more information on UL’santicounterfeiting Operations www.ul.com/aceEmail – Anticounterfeiting@us.ul.com
Contact InfoMy contact info: Robert CraneRobert.K.Crane@ul.comUL certification inquiries forColombia manufacturerscan be directed to:Sales.email@example.comCustomerservice.br.@ul.com
THANK YOU. Disclaimer The opinions expressed herein are those of the right owner and do not necessarily reflect position of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Decisions as to whether or not merchandise should be detained or seized for infringing protected intellectual property rights are to be made in accordance with established procedures by CBP personnel as the appropriate management level of the concerned field office. CBP personnel who have questions arising form this product identification training material or manual should call the IPR Helpdesk at 562-980-3119, ext. 252, or the IPR and Restricted Merchandise Branch, Regulations and Rulings at (202) 325-0020.
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