In Pictures: The fierce battle for intellectual property

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A portion of the seized counterfeit iPhone rear panels, phone covers, and chargers with a street value of approximately $250,000. The accessories, believed to be imported from China, were recovered Oct. 20, 2011 by the detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Commercial Crimes Bureau, working on information provided by Apple. A three-month investigation into alleged counterfeit iPhone parts being sold on the Internet through various auction sites yielded search warrants for locations in four Southern California cities and the arrest of two Chinese men and one woman for possession of known counterfeit iPhone parts with the intent to sell those parts to the public.

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