On June 22, 2011, a new law will go into effect in Washington state that makes it an act of unfair competition for product manufacturers to use "stolen or misappropriated IT" in their business operations.
The knock-off trade has just got a bit more risky.
The recent decision of the Federal Court in Louis Vuitton Malletier S.A. et al. v. Lin Pi-Chu Yang et al. (2007 FC 1179) awarded extensive damages against counterfeiters that had exhibited a pattern of such behavior.
The decision of the Federal Court in Microsoft Corporation v. 9038-3746 Quebec Inc. et al 2006 FC 1509 is of interest because it adds to the relatively scant Canadian jurisprudence on statutory damages awarded for infringement of copyright.