Patent protection? Trademarks? You
think you are really protected? Patent laws in the U.S. go
a long way to help sort out legal standing. But, can we be sure
others won’t take our ideas, our know-how,
our technology? What if you think they do…what do you do?
Often, IRI is called upon to conduct an
investigation to determine whether alleged abusers are in fact infringing
this is a gray area, yet understanding as much of the facts, circumstances,
motives, practices, and intentions of suspected abusers is necessary
to make a reasoned determination of whether to proceed…ignore, contest,
or acquire interests.
Counterfeit product investigations
Most branded-goods companies experience the threat or realities
of counterfeiting. Most of us have acquired counterfeit products
and didn’t even know it. Counterfeit products account for a growing
percentage of overall potential revenues not otherwise realized by
Outside the U.S., there are many local economies
which thrive on knock-offs, gray market, side production, copycat….cosmetics,
pharmaceuticals, clothing, personal accessories, software, music
CD’s, DVD’s….on and on.
IRI approaches the counterfeit problem from an economic modeling
approach. Investigations may be conducted to determine who, what,
when, where…such products are being produced.
Then strategies are
devised on what to do…raids, confiscation, publicity, legal sanctions….generally,
counterfeiting can be slowed although it is unrealistic to presume
it can be stopped. But, most of the time, intervention is economically
Also of interest ...The Economic Espionage Act
of 1996 (..here..)