Stopping the Fakes

The US on Saturday (hey, good to know I’m not the only one working weekends) signed a seven-nation agreement to implement an infrastructure for preventing counterfeits. Other assignees include Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, Morocco, New Zealand and Singapore, while the EU, Mexico and Switzerland appear to be about ready to come on board as well.

I’m not entirely optimistic this will staunch the flood of fakes pouring into the US — without China’s active involvement, that just cannot happen — but it’s good to be on the same page with the majority of our other trading partners. Perhaps together we can accomplish that which we cannot do alone.



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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow