Haotian Sun and Pengfei Xue submitted fake iPhones to Apple for repair to get them exchanged for genuine devices.
Prioritising online marketplaces with a customised brand monitoring strategy is the key to tackling counterfeits in APAC.
More than 114,000 counterfeit earbuds were seized in the operation, with an estimated value of more than $23m.
ConnectQR generates and manages QR codes without any input from YPB, adding another revenue stream for the firm.
TaoBao, WeChat, DHGate, Pindoduo and Shopee are among USTR's latest list of online marketplaces that allow counterfeits.
Operation led to the seizure of around $1.3m in fake earphones, mobile phones, computer tablets and electronic watches.
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