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Counterfeiting news roundup: Feb. 2015

Posted by Branddy Spence

Feb 17, 2015 9:00:00 AM

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Counterfeiting news roundup: Feb. 2015

Operation "Super Fake," illegal immigration, a cigar shop front for counterfeit drugs and arsenic make-up - it's the counterfeiting news roundup for February 2015!

January and early February were active times for counterfeiters, and we've collected some of the most telling stories from all around the world. This is just one more way that OpSec keeps you up to date on what's happening in brand protection. 

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Topics: Counterfeiting, In the Headlines, Brand Protection

Counterfeit Cialis and questions of counterfeit drugs

Posted by Kees Riphagen

Feb 12, 2015 11:45:00 AM

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Counterfeit Cialis and questions of counterfeit drugs

In light of the recent announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that counterfeit versions of the drug Cialis were found in the mail en route to a U.S. customer, we thought it would be a good time to go over some basic facts about prescription drug counterfeiting in America.

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Topics: Counterfeiting, Online Brand Protection, Pharmaceuticals, Supply Chain Tracking

NFL fans warned about counterfeit Super Bowl merchandise

Posted by Bill Patterson

Jan 28, 2015 8:07:00 AM

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NFL fans warned about counterfeit Super Bowl merchandise

While counterfeiting is a problem all throughout the year, there are certain events that present a particular risk. Major sporting events like the Super Bowl routinely attract a lot of spending on tickets and merchandise, and wherever there is a lot of consumer spending, the counterfeiters aren't far behind.

In anticipation of the Super Bowl, we'll be taking an in-depth look at the counterfeiting that surrounds it and the extensive brand protection activities that help to protect the league, the teams and most importantly, the fans.

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Topics: Licensing and Entertainment, Brand Protection

Tor, the Deep Web and Bitcoin: New technology used to sell fakes

Posted by Iain Heseltine

Jan 15, 2015 11:16:20 AM

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Tor, the Deep Web and Bitcoin: New technology used to sell fakes

It is no secret that the Internet has opened up new avenues for the buying and selling of counterfeit goods. Also well known is that government agencies regularly find and prosecute counterfeit vendors on the web. As a result, much of this illicit activity has been driven 'underground' to technologies that are more difficult to track. 

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Topics: Counterfeiting, Online Brand Protection

Counterfeiting news roundup: Jan. 2015

Posted by Branddy Spence

Jan 9, 2015 1:26:00 PM

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Counterfeiting news roundup: Jan. 2015

Counterfeiters never take a day off, so we at OpSec don't have the luxury of relaxing either.

In the interest of keeping you up to date on the world of counterfeit goods, we've put together a news roundup for the enforcement actions, new laws and citizen concerns related to the practice so far this January. Remember to check back regularly or sign up for our email updates to stay up to date on the latest anti-counterfeit news.

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Counterfeits Using All Consumer Channels for the Holidays

Posted by Branddy Spence

Dec 29, 2014 10:29:53 AM

The holiday season is a time of family cheer, goodwill and fake consumer goods. That's right - unsurprisingly, counterfeits and the holidays go hand in hand. 

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Topics: Counterfeiting, Brand Protection

Is Your Licensed Brand “Big Enough” for a Brand Protection Program?

Posted by Branddy Spence

Nov 14, 2014 12:53:00 PM

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A common question that arises when brands consider initiating a brand protection licensing program is whether the brand is “big enough” to warrant the investment in those kinds of services. We work with many brands that were, at first, concerned with this very topic. Below we take a look at a few reasons why three brands chose to implement a brand protection program and their results.

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Topics: Product Authentication, Licensing and Entertainment, Brand Protection, Royalty Protection

5 Things Counterfeiters Do

Posted by Eduard Kraemer

Oct 16, 2014 2:30:00 AM

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With the number of counterfeit goods on the rise, brands face a tough challenge when it comes to protecting their product and their brand integrity. In fiscal year 2013, the United States Department of Homeland Security seized counterfeit goods valued at over $1.7 billion. That same year in the EU, nearly 36 million counterfeit products were seized, valued at more than € 760 million. Counterfeit apparel accounted for most of the goods seized. The sheer number of counterfeit goods, however, is not necessarily the main concern – it’s the increased sophistication of the counterfeiters themselves. In this blog piece, we explore the five ways in which counterfeiters are growing smarter, and how brand protection programs stay two steps ahead.

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Consumer Engagement: What Brands Need to Know

Posted by Steve Ablett

Sep 23, 2014 6:30:00 AM

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We sat down with Steve Ablett, OpSec’s Senior Sales Manager, to discuss the latest trends in consumer engagement and how technology has revolutionized the way in which brands gain customer insights. Steve has over twenty years of experience in global supply chain security, and has worked with many high street retailers and iconic fashion brands to create custom and robust solutions that deliver measurable results.

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Why Licensors Should Adopt a Brand Protection Program

Posted by Bill Patterson

Aug 27, 2014 7:14:00 AM

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A brand protection program provides licensing brands with two big advantages: anti-counterfeiting and royalty protection. Experience has taught us that typically a given brand is likely to be more concerned about one of these issues than the other, but both play a vital role in every licensing brand protection solution. These two components are like two sides of the same coin, and they support and benefit each other.

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Topics: Counterfeiting, Licensing and Entertainment, Brand Protection, Royalty Protection

   

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