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 Insights on Anti-Counterfeiting & Brand Protection Solutions

Licensing 2019:  Up Sales, Up Demand, Up Counterfeiting

Posted by Bill Patterson on Jun 4, 2019 1:04:46 PM

OpSec_Licensing_BadgeToday marks the opening of yet another Licensing Expo in Las Vegas.  And personally speaking, it represents my 17th show.  When I first` started attending, kids were asking their parents to go find Nemo, the SuperSonics were in Seattle, 50 Cent was “In da Club” and my flip phone didn’t have a single picture on it.  (I was still a few months from getting my Blackberry.)  My, how times have changed.

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Topics: Brand Protection, Anti-Counterfeiting

IACC & INTA 2019: Combatting Counterfeits in the 21st Century - A Week in Review

Posted by Melissa Tarsitano on Jun 3, 2019 9:11:00 AM

TeamOpSec_INTA_4Every Spring, IP Professionals from around the world have the opportunity to join together and collaborate on new ideas, trends and solutions. This year, both the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition’s Spring Conference and International Trademark Association’s Annual Meeting were held in Boston, Massachusetts. OpSec attended both meetings and spent eight days attending roundtable discussions, panel topics, marketplace workshops all aimed towards best practices and constantly evolving procedures in the anti-counterfeiting space.

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Topics: Product Authentication, Online Brand Protection, Brand Protection, Anti-Counterfeiting

The Proliferation of Illicit Tobacco Products

Posted by Steve Proudfoot on Feb 28, 2019 9:00:00 AM

What is it?

Cigarette ManufacturingThe illicit tobacco trade produces many problems for both consumers and those who try to completely avoid anything to do with smoking. It is commonly known that cigarettes are a detriment to health, but illicit tobacco is even more so. The unregulated nature of illicit tobacco means they can contain even more harmful substances while avoiding contributing to a countries tax revenue and fuelling organised crime at the same time.

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Topics: Counterfeiting, Tax Stamps, Government Protection

Hey Google… How have CES and OpSec changed over the past 7 years?

Posted by Valerie Finn on Jan 18, 2019 9:12:00 AM

CES billboardLast week 180,000+ people converged into Las Vegas for the annual CES conference. CES is the world's gathering place for all things tech related and where brands introduce their next-gen products for the consumer marketplace.

This was my 7th year attending and when I saw the billboard that stated “It’s like a backstage pass to the future” it caused me to pause and think about the changes and evolvement of tech products I’ve seen over the years.

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Topics: Product Authentication, Consumer Electronics, Brand Protection

Brand Licensing Europe – More than just Licensors and Licensees

Posted by Bill Patterson on Oct 1, 2018 9:35:36 AM

Brand Licensing EuropeI sit in my office today preparing to attend Brand Licensing Europe (BLE) week after next.  An article comes across my desk celebrating counterfeit seizures in the European Union (EU) exceeding 31 million items in 2017.  And this is why BLE is such an important show for OpSec Security.

Over 31 million items seized.  A statistic definitely worth celebration. That’s hundreds of millions of Euros that do not make their way back to the hands of criminals. That’s 31 million potentially unsafe items that do not make their way into the hands of unsuspecting consumers. 

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Topics: Counterfeiting, Online Brand Protection, Licensing, Brand Protection, OpSec InSight

What's Blockchain Have to Do with Brand Protection?

Posted by Valerie Finn on Aug 15, 2018 9:11:22 AM

blockchain_smI’ve been in the brand protection industry for 12+ years and every so often there’s a “buzzword” that most of my clients are asking questions about. Sometimes the chatter was about RFID, or about China and Alibaba but most recently the buzzword for not only the brand protection space but other industries seems to be Blockchain.

Now I will admit, until OpSec partnered with Blockpool, a UK-based blockchain developer, to add blockchain technologies to OpSec’s Insight platform, I didn’t know much about the technology. 
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Topics: Product Authentication, Brand Protection, Supply Chain Management, OpSec InSight, Blockchain

Why Brand Protection should be a part of your Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted by Steve Ablett on Aug 9, 2018 8:03:00 AM

Intellectual Property ProtectionSuccessful consumer brands have spent time, money and effort in promoting themselves, by and large, to the more affluent members of our global society. Good for them!

The scale of the demand thus created, attracts criminal elements who wish to capitalise on the higher margins that the brand owner has striven to gain and maintain. 

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Topics: Brand Protection

"The Report of My Death Was an Exaggeration" - Mark Twain... and Holography

Posted by Gary Nelson on Jul 25, 2018 9:02:00 AM

Umbro-4806_300dpiI am active on professional social media and I focus on groups and organizations involved with authentication technologies, anti-counterfeiting, diversion, anti-piracy, customer engagement, licensing, trademark protection, and supply chain management − the big umbrella of Brand Protection. Over the past couple of years, I’ve read statements from inside and outside of the brand protection industry that question and sometimes disparage the usefulness of overt technologies or Optical Variable Devices (OVD). Some have labeled overt solutions as a “DEAD” technology. The death of overt technology has been greatly exaggerated!

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Topics: Product Authentication, Security Labels, Brand Protection & Enhancement

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