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 Insights on Anti-Counterfeiting & Brand Protection Solutions

Whitepaper Excerpt: Counterfeit Vices – The Toll They Take on Health & Revenues

Posted by Branddy Spence on Nov 11, 2015 12:04:37 PM


The global market for illicit cigarettes has sunk its teeth into supply chains around the world - though substantially more so in some areas than others - and ongoing counterfeit tobacco trade could be costing some governments up to €1 billion ($1.09 billion) annually.

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Topics: Counterfeiting, Product Authentication, Tax Stamps, Government Protection, Hot Stamp Foils

RBA finds counterfeiting is always a problem, even when it isn't

Posted by Branddy Spence on Sep 10, 2015 2:46:05 PM


While counterfeiting is seen as a relatively minor problem in Australia, recent research from the Reserve Bank of Australia shows that it is actually quite significant, particularly for small businesses. 

Initially the data compiled by researchers appears to support the belief that counterfeiting isn't much of an issue in Australia.

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Topics: Counterfeiting, In the Headlines

Man indicted for selling fake pills from China, India

Posted by Branddy Spence on Aug 27, 2015 3:40:53 PM


An Ohio man was recently charged with distributing counterfeit drugs he had obtained from China and India. 

Tamacio Walls was caught selling a number of erectile dysfunction pills he had acquired through unauthorized means, and as a result, could end up serving hard time. The boxes containing the shipments of illicit medications were mislabeled.

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

Making MAGIC... and Protecting It.

Posted by Lisa Hill on Aug 12, 2015 8:34:56 AM
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Built in sensors in smart apparel ensure you are exercising properly and keep track of your progress.

This year MAGIC is taking an exciting new approach, hoping to help everyone and every brand customize their experience and make the most of their time in Vegas. It’s a unique opportunity to take a standard trade show and turn it into your own customized business network.They’ve designed the conference in such a way to allow attendees to become more actively involved, created more thoughtful meeting area and tools to encourage more opportunity for face to face communication, and allow for local inspiration.

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Topics: Fashion & Luxury, Online Brand Protection, Brand Protection

A wrinkle in the authenticity of Botox products

Posted by Branddy Spence on Jul 23, 2015 9:30:00 AM
Fake Botox

Do you have a few wrinkles that you'd like to get rid of? Well, according to a recent Food and Drug Administration warning, if you decide on getting Botox you could have problems worse than crow's feet. 

The FDA recently warned doctors that a counterfeit make of the drug popularly used to clear wrinkles from people's faces has made its way into the U.S.

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Topics: Counterfeiting, Health and Beauty, Pharmaceuticals, In the Headlines, Brand Protection

Dark web counterfeit coupon kingpin caught by the FBI

Posted by Valerie Finn on Jul 16, 2015 2:00:00 PM

If surfers love the ocean, if chefs love the kitchen, if Americans love Taylor Swift, then counterfeiters love the Dark Web. 

The Dark Web is where counterfeiters and other criminals have developed a thriving marketplace full of illicit products. It is a segment of the web that, though publicly viewable, is characterized by hidden IP addresses, which makes it difficult to track who or where users are.

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

Surgeons and hospitals accused of using counterfeit spinal hardware

Posted by Branddy Spence on Jul 3, 2015 9:53:56 AM

Fifteen surgeons and even more hospitals nationwide have been named in allegations that they were involved in a counterfeit spinal hardware ring. 

A civil complaint obtained by America Tonight showed that patients received non-FDA approved spinal hardware as a result of the counterfeiters' actions,

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Topics: Counterfeiting, In the Headlines, Brand Protection, Medical Devices

Fake oxycontin leads to a number of overdoses in Canada

Posted by Branddy Spence on Jun 25, 2015 11:56:38 AM

Canada has seen a number of deaths connected to counterfeit medications recently, and authorities there think they may have discovered another case. 

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police suspect that a sudden death in North Battleford may have been caused by counterfeit oxycontin. A number of recent deaths in the country have been attributed to fake replications of the pain-killer, but this is believed to be the first in the Saskatchewan town.

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Topics: Counterfeiting, Online Brand Protection, Pharmaceuticals, In the Headlines

Counterfeit cosmetics costing businesses and killing jobs

Posted by Branddy Spence on Jun 17, 2015 8:59:00 AM

Sometimes makeup doesn't cover up blemishes. Sometimes a retailer accidently stocks the shelves with batch of counterfeit products, and when that happens, the unfortunate customer who purchases a knock-off could end up dealing with serious health-related consequences, rather than just an easily covered pimple or scar.

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Topics: Counterfeiting, Health and Beauty, In the Headlines, Brand Protection

Keeping it real: 2014 counterfeit seizure statistics released

Posted by Branddy Spence on Jun 1, 2015 8:32:31 AM

Last year brought a hefty haul for the U.S. agencies tasked with finding and seizing counterfeit items before they seep too deeply into product pipelines.

Though protecting brands from criminals and their knock-off goods is quite the job, the groups tasked with finding the counterfeits have been making progress. Last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations - two groups tasked with seizing knock-offs, along with the Department of Homeland Security - announced results for the 2014 fiscal year.

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Topics: Digital Media, Counterfeiting, Fashion & Luxury, Luxury Goods, Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Health and Beauty, Consumer Goods, Intellectual Property, In the Headlines, Brand Protection