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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

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

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

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

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

Australia

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

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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

A wrinkle in the authenticity of Botox products

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