Symposium on Counterfeit Electronic Parts - West

June 8-11, 2010
Honeywell Deer Valley
Deer Valley (Phoenix), AZ
Technical Symposium: June 8-9, 2010
Workshops: June 10-11, 2010

Contact: Diganta Das (

SMTA and CALCE at the University of Maryland were pleased to announce a west coast venue for the Symposium on Avoiding, Detecting, and Preventing Counterfeit Electronic Parts. The first three symposia (held in College Park, MD) were an overwhelming success with participation of part manufacturers, distributors, users, government and law enforcement agencies, legal professionals, authentication technology manufacturers, academic institutions, supply chain and brand protection professionals. We were pleased to offer a west coast venue in 2010.

A counterfeit electronic part is one whose identity (e.g., manufacturer, part number, date code, lot code) has been deliberately misrepresented. Counterfeit electronics have been reported in a wide range of products, including computers, telecommunications equipment, automobiles, avionics and military systems. Counterfeit electronics include everything from very inexpensive capacitors and resistors to costly microprocessors, completed assemblies and even systems.

Going beyond anecdotes and examples of counterfeit parts, this symposium focused on the solutions that are available and are under development by all sectors of the industry.

Stanford K. McCoy, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Intellectual Property and Innovation at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will present a Keynote address to the Symposium on June 8 on the topic of “Intellectual Property in the Context of International Trade”. He serves as the chief policy advisor to the United States Trade Representative and the Administration agencies on intellectual property and trade issues, and is responsible for developing and implementing United States trade policy on intellectual property. He addressed US trade policies and process of bilateral and multilateral negotiations to promote fair trade and defense of intellectual property laws. He covered issues related to Special 301, free trade agreements, World trade organization, Anti-counterfeiting trade agreement and other topics of relevance.

Belva Martin, Acting Director, Government Accountability Office (GAO) presented her keynote address on June 9.  GAO has recently assessed the existence of counterfeit parts in the DOD supply chain as well as the economic impact of counterfeiting on the overall U.S. economy. She presented on the results of this body of work and highlighted actions taken by and challenges facing U.S. government and industry.

Agenda - Day 1
Introduction to the Symposium Diganta Das , CALCE
Intellectual Property in the Context of International Trade Stan McCoy, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Department of Commerce Findings Mark Crawford, US DoC
International IP Enforcement: Competing for Limited Resources Tim Trainer, Global Intellectual Property Strategy Center, P.C.
Counterfeited Electronic Parts and Customs Enforcement Michael Lee, World Customs Organization (WCO)
Alliance for Gray Market and Counterfeit Abatement (AGMA) Louis Feuchtbaum & Richard Nelson, Sideman & Bancroft LLP
Combating Counterfeit Electronics – Federal Regulations John Butler, NAVSEA
SAE G19 Counterfeit Initiatives Dan Dimase, Honeywell
MDA Site Visits, AS6081 Distributor Assessments Fred Schipp, MDA
How to Think About Counterfeits – Who or What Do You Trust? Phil Comer, DMEA
BitSecure Technology Huda Midani, Schreiner ProSecure


Agenda - Day 2
Keynote Address Belva Martin, GAO
Blacktopping and CSAM Tom Sharpe, SMT
Material Characterization (Thermomechanical and FTIR) Bhanu Sood, CALCE
X-ray for Counterfeit Detection Bill Cardoso, Creative Electron
Transitioning Pharmaceutical Tracking Tools to Electronics Sharon Flank, InfraTrac
AutoID Systems to Fight Counterfeit Electronics Jim Williams, Polyonics, Inc.
Verifying Trust for Defense Use Commercial Electronics Sydney Pope, DoD
Counterfeit Parts in Critical Systems Daniel Hartgerink, NASA
Counterfeit Prevention & Detection Strategies: Cost versus Risk Assessment Randy Kong, DfR Solutions
Counterfeit Trends - Increasing Difficulties in Detection Mark Marshall, Integra
Research Directions Diganta Das, UMD


In addition to technical sessions, attendees participated in one-day or half-day multiple parallel workshops, including:

  • Inspection Training Seminar: An Introduction to the Counterfeit Inspection Techniques: IDEA
  • Material Level Evaluation and Characterization for Part Authentication: CALCE/University of Maryland
  • Basic Proactive Management with Anti-Counterfeiting Considerations: DMSMS
  • Electrical Testing, Characterization and Qualification for Part Authentication: Integra Technologies
  • Supply Chain Best Practices: DLA and CALCE
  • Counterfeit Reporting: GIDEP

Two panel discussion sessions were available to attendees as well:

1. US Law Enforcement Panel Discussion, led by Tim Trainer, Global Intellectual Property Strategy Center, P.C.. The following panelists were in attendance:

  • Jay Strauch, Defense Criminal Investigative Service;
  • Karin L. Jarman , Federal Bureau of Investigation;
  • Erin Michaels, Naval Criminal Investigative Service;
  • Corbin Wickman and Eddie Tarver, ICE

2. Supply Chain Interaction, led by Phil Zulueta, NASA. The following panelists were in attendance:

  • Bob Bodemuller, Ball Aerospace (Prime Contractor)
  • Robin Gray, National Electronic Distributors Association (NEDA) (Franchised/Authorized Distribution)
  • Lisa Maestas, Texas Instruments(Original Component Manufacturer)
  • Fred Schipp, Missile Defense Agency (MDA) (Government Customer)
  • Tom Sharpe, SMT Corporation/IDEA (Independent Distribution)

Symposium Technical Committee
Diganta Das, Ph.D., CALCE/University of Maryland, Conference Chair
Dan Dimase, Honeywell Technology Solutions, Conference Co-Chair
Bill Barthel, Plexus Corporation
Mark Crawford, Office of Technology Evaluation, Department of Commerce
Lisa Gardner, Government Accountability Office
Robin Gray, National Electronic Distributors Association (NEDA)
Phil Montag, Honeywell Technology Solutions
Sydney Pope, Office of the Secretary of Defense
Tim Trainer, Global Intellectual Property Strategy Center, P.C.
Phil Zulueta, Jet Propulsion Laboratories



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