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 Insights on Anti-Counterfeiting & Brand Protection Solutions

Counterfeiters Want to Abolish ICE Too

Posted by Bill Patterson on Jul 10, 2018 9:00:00 AM

ICE SeizuresIn late June, New York State (U.S.) gubernatorial candidate, Cynthia Nixon, of Sex and the City fame, criticized America’s Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) agency for the manner in which they were handling immigration on the U.S.’s southern border. She went as far as labeling the agency a “terrorist organization” and called for its abolishment.

I’m not here to debate whether or not Ms. Nixon makes a valid point. I’m not even here to debate U.S. immigration policy. But I do want to highlight that ICE does a lot more than enforce immigration law… and for that, we should be thankful.

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Topics: Counterfeiting, Intellectual Property, In the Headlines, Brand Protection & Enhancement

Filtering Out Fakes

Posted by Kees Riphagen on Jun 20, 2018 9:38:00 AM

Woman drinking water 400x200Before you take a sip from that glass of water, you may want to consider where it came from. The sale of counterfeit water filters is becoming a huge industry problem. Unfortunately, many consumers searching for bargains on OEM water filters may inadvertently find themselves buying counterfeits that can not only damage their refrigerator, possibly voiding out the warranty, but also severely put their health at risk.

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Topics: Online Brand Protection, Brand Protection, Online InSight, Brand Protection & Enhancement, OpSec InSight

Have you ever experienced this when buying on Amazon?

Posted by Joe Chipriano on May 10, 2018 9:58:00 AM

Amazon_YetiThis past Christmas I made the decision to purchase a Yeti travel mug for my wife. I had heard great things about Yeti products and their performance and thought she might enjoy using it during her daily commute. I carefully researched the type of mug I wanted to purchase, along with the price and made the purchase through Amazon. Mug arrives, wife’s happy, end of story, right?  Wrong.

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Topics: Counterfeiting, Product Authentication, Online Brand Protection, In the Headlines, Brand Protection

Cyber Monday sales (and brand exposure) hit record high

Posted by Eric Paul on Nov 28, 2017 5:03:28 PM

AdobeStock_98469242.jpegAs holiday shoppers increasingly move to the internet for purchasing gifts, it’s not surprising that this year’s Cyber Monday surpassed 2016 by 16.8% in total sales (according to Adobe Digital Insights). Cyber Monday 2017 marked the largest U.S. online sales day in history, at $6.59 billion in sales. 

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Topics: Online Brand Protection, Online InSight, Brand Protection & Enhancement

Playboy Lives On

Posted by Bill Patterson on Oct 2, 2017 11:35:45 AM
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Clothes are displayed at the Playboy store in central London.

I read an article today asking if Playboy was going to survive the death of its founder, Hugh Hefner. The answer is: it already has… and long before Hef’s passing on September 27th at the age of 91.

In 1953, Playboy launched itself as a men’s lifestyle magazine. The best clothes, the best music (Jazz was Hef’s favorite), the best furnishings, the best stereo equipment… and of course, the ladies for which every adolescent boy tried to sneak a peek.

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Topics: Licensing, In the Headlines

What’s all the hype over the Dark Web?

Posted by Valerie Finn on Oct 14, 2016 9:19:48 AM

Dark_Web.jpgIn early September the Imaging Supplies Coalition (ISC) held their 16th International Conference which focuses on Fraud and Counterfeiting in the Imaging Supplies Industry. This year's theme was "An Industry in Transition" and unlike previous years the internet and the rapid growth of counterfeiting was front and center. Topics that were covered included “What is the Dark Web”, “Brand Protection on the Dark Web, “Brand Protection on Social Media” and a panel discussion that focused on Online Brand Protection and Enforcement.

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Topics: Online Brand Protection, Consumer Electronics, Brand Protection & Enhancement, OpSec InSight

EpiPen Sticker Shock Could Leave Consumers Paying a Dangerous Price

Posted by Branddy Spence on Sep 26, 2016 2:45:48 PM

Man_using_EpiPen.jpgThere’s been plenty of outrage recently over the unexplained rise in cost of Mylan’s EpiPen injector. Just last week Mylan’s CEO, Heather Bresch, attempted to defend in Congress the drug’s nearly 600% price increase over the past ten years. This price surge has left many people with life-threatening allergies that depend on this medicine to search for other alternatives such as generic versions, coupon offers, or discounted online sales.

Drug pricing is one of the main reasons consumers head to online pharmacies in search of cheaper options. By the same token, the price of authentic medicines is what drives counterfeiters to manufacture fake, substandard product and offer it for sale virtually anonymously online.

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Topics: Product Authentication, Online Brand Protection, Pharmaceuticals, Online InSight, Brand Protection & Enhancement

This Back-to-School Beware of Social Media Shopping Scams

Posted by Valerie Finn on Aug 18, 2016 8:09:31 AM

iStock_79339997_SMALL.jpgAugust has arrived and for those of us with children, this month represents an end to the summer and the start of a new school year. Soon kids will be swapping out their swimsuits and flip-flops for backpacks and tennis shoes. With back-to-school ads flooding our inboxes and pop-up ads on social media sites, it is no surprise that counterfeiters are utilizing these sites to lure consumers into buying fake products online. A survey by the National Retail Foundation expects over $75 billion to be spent on back-to-school items this year.

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Topics: Online Brand Protection, Social Media Monitoring, Online InSight, Brand Protection & Enhancement, OpSec InSight

It Takes a Team to Tackle Counterfeits

Posted by Bill Patterson on May 26, 2016 7:51:41 AM

tackling_counterfeits_blog.jpgA colleague of mine recently shared an online article with me called “Can the NFL Ban on Marketplace Sales Succeed?”  Within the article, the writer describes a recent quoted policy by the NFL restricting distributors and retailers from selling to other online sellers and retailers. While the article leans towards the effect this will have on smaller retailers attempting to survive, it actually highlights a bigger issue that the NFL, and all brand owners, want to encourage: accountability.

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Topics: Online Brand Protection, Licensing, Brand Protection

Brand Protection During Prom Season

Posted by Branddy Spence on Apr 6, 2016 1:46:07 PM

Prom_Dress.jpgProm season is the time when excitable teenagers and their parents visit businesses - both local and online - in search of showy, expensive gowns and tuxedos for the end-of-the-year celebration with their friends. This time of year can be a major boon for businesses in need of a little extra profit, but many teens' dollars are going elsewhere as they seek more affordable options, though often, they end up getting a lot less than what they hoped for. 

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Topics: Fashion & Luxury, Product Authentication, Online Brand Protection, Brand Protection, Supply Chain Management, Apparel Enhancement