HRIA to Sponsor Anti-Counterfeit Product Seminar at 2012 SEMA Show

Oct 11, 2012

HRIA has announced that it will be sponsoring a special anti-counterfeiting seminar at the 2012 SEMA Show.

“The Latest Tools, Tips and Tricks to Counter Counterfeits and Knock-Offs” will be presented on Wednesday, Oct. 31 from 3-4 p.m. in Room N253 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“The seminar will offer valuable information and resources to combat counterfeit products,” Rick Love, HRIA chairman, said in a press release. “The seminar will tackle real-world counterfeit problems impacting SEMA member companies and provide tips on how to avoid and combat the threat.”

Topics to be covered include how to protect intellectual property that’s marketed at trade shows and sold on the Internet; understanding the difference between counterfeit products, unlawful knock-offs and legal imitations; how to train staff or hiring private investigators to identify fake merchandise; and how to work with customs, FBI and other government agencies to seize pirated products and prevent illegal knock-offs.

Seminar attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions to the panelists, which will include Kenya Merritt, who lead the FBI department that addresses anti-counterfeiting activities within the auto industry.

Other panelists will include Merritt Blakeslee of the Blakeslee Law Firm, Steve Lustig of Dickenson Wright, a law firm that specializes in corporate and business law, Robb Roby of Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear law firm, and moderator Stuart Gosswein of SEMA.

Attendees wishing to schedule a private meeting to discuss company-specific issues with FBI Special Agent Merritt can do so by calling Stuart Gosswein at (202) 783-6007, ext. 30 or e-mailing

The seminar is sponsored by the HRIA, MPMC & SPC councils.