ANTI COUNTERFEITING

THE COUNTERFEITING PROBLEM

It is often said that ‘if you can make it, they can fake it’, and there are plenty of examples in recent years that show the diversity of products being counterfeited. Counterfeiting is generally recognized by society as a victimless crime with ‘fakes’ simply constituting a cheap alternative purchase, and seen by criminals as having a low risk of prosecution with light penalties relative to the large profits to be made.

Parakletos Intelligence believes in a successful investigation starts with thorough planning and preparation. The client’s Intellectual Property is evaluated for security measures that the client owns.  This includes the manufacturing of the products, distribution channels, and sales of their Intellectual Property.

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ANTI –COUNTERFEITING OPERATION

Counterfeiting has been fuelled by growing consumer demands in assorted industry verticals and lack of awareness about counterfeiting among general public. Product counterfeiting is a thriving billion dollar global industry. It is highly profitable and the risks of significant legal consequences are low. From CD’s and DVD’s to high-end luxury goods, consumer goods, automotives, electrical, drugs, apparels, handbags, sunglasses and pharmaceuticals — no products are immune from the potential for counterfeiting.

Counterfeiters will copy and sell anything that turns a profit without regard to quality, safety or the law. They manufacture goods as cheaply as possible with the single goal of maximizing their return. The costs of counterfeiting are shared by all — consumers, manufacturers, retailers, communities and entire economies.

Parakletos Intelligence has taken an aggressive stance against counterfeiting through a comprehensive program that involves law enforcement agencies. Parakletos works closely with multinationals and Commerce Industry provide them with the information necessary to distinguish between authentic and counterfeit products. 

Parakletos has high-pitched intolerance policy for counterfeit goods and does not consent to the import, export, or manipulation of seized merchandise carrying a counterfeit mark. The mission of Parakletos’s anti-counterfeiting program is two-fold — first and foremost, to protect the safety of consumers from the hazards of counterfeit pharmaceuticals, electrical products, secondly and finally, to provide additional value to the legitimate, responsible manufacturers that have invested the time and resources to meet safety standards and the second is put a safeguard of our clients of their trademark property.

THE COUNTERFEITING SOLUTION

One way around countering this is a strategy that in effect uses members of the public as investigators, providing intelligence ion the source and scale of any counterfeiting. The investigator of Parakletos Intelligence outlines for the Brand Owner how the investigation should be initiated and conducted. Our ultimate goal is to catch the big fish. We start our investigations from the ground up at the retailer level and digs out the all the contacts from wholesalers, then the distributor, and end with the manufacturer. We are investing significant resources in a multi-pronged strategy aimed at preventing counterfeit.

Undercover operators of Parakletos Intelligence have years of experience in  gathering  relevant data from Grey market evaluation and accurately study pertinent facts about counterfeiting and fraud from grey market situations. We’ve helped many corporations enforce their rights in both civil and criminal cases, and have earned our reputation in the field of counterfeit detection investigations. We’ve conducted hundreds of ex-parte seizures and successfully assisted law enforcement in search warrants and arrests of suspected counterfeiters.

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ANTI PIRACY 

The term piracy describes, generally, the unauthorized manufacture and sale of content protected by copyright or contiguous rights. It includes the production of counterfeit goods, produced to resemble the original product and to mislead the consumer, as well as pilferage products based on illegal recording of live performances. A more recent phenomenon, which can fall under the term piracy, is the making available and copying, without the consent of the right owners, of protected material on the Internet.

ANTI PIRACY 

The term piracy describes, generally, the unauthorized manufacture and sale of content protected by copyright or contiguous rights. It includes the production of counterfeit goods, produced to resemble the original product and to mislead the consumer, as well as pilferage products based on illegal recording of live performances. A more recent phenomenon, which can fall under the term piracy, is the making available and copying, without the consent of the right owners, of protected material on the Internet.

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ACTION AGAINST PIRACY

It is known that organized crime has now taken up film piracy as an effective means of generating funds. Piracy puts cultural industries in threat. Parakletos Intelligence therefore aims to contribute to the fight against piracy in order to curtail its damaging consequences on the creation and dissemination of cultural goods and services. Its activities in this area are developed largely through innovative public/private partnerships, within the framework of the Parakletos Alliance whose main objective is to encourage the development of sustainable cultural industries through capacity-building, policy advice and piracy prevention.

Parakletos Intelligence works to with the expert team filmed undercover footage, showing the hindrance sale of fake/stolen goods, directing its experience and resources towards support of a variety of key projects of combating piracy. Internet boost piracy, CDs, DVDs, and Software is most commonly available causing a loss of thousands of crores to the Industry.

The problem of piracy has cropped with the brisk advance of technology. New techniques of printing, recording and fixation of broadcast or recorded programs have emerged, making it easy for the pirates to carry on their illegal activities. Piracy is an illegal and criminal activity.

The Individual streets dealers are often the pubic front of organized criminals who use the proceeds to fund their other activities. There is strong evidence that organized criminals groups have move into IP (Intellectual Property) crime and that they are using the profits generated from these crimes to facilitate other legal activities.

KINDS OF PIRACY: 
COUNTERFEITING

This is the unauthorized copying of the sound as well as artwork, trademark, label and packaging of the original recording.

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PIRATE FOOTAGES

The unconstitutional imitations of music from justifiable video or audio recordings for money-making. Pirated CDs or music cassettes may be anthology or a combination of hit titles of different music companies. The packing and presentation of a pirate copy does not usually resemble a legitimate commercial release.

BOOTLEGGING

Bootlegging is traditionally the buying and selling of an illegal product. A person may record a concert and keep it for their personal use, they may distribute it, but they may not sell it legally. Big companies work their way around this by brings their tapes and producing compact discs there. This is recording is   duplicity to the artist or Record Company who owns the rights.

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Investigators of Parakletos conduct discreet investigation in the prime market of retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers of your products.  Investigators keep proper feed backs of the counterfeit manufacturers, packers, of your products. As once they are located and raided, the inflow of the counterfeits in the market would be condensed.  Such raid would result in large scale awareness to the public and act as deterrent to other would be counterfeiters.

PREPARATION FOR CONDUCTING COUNTERFEIT PRODUCT INVESTIGATIONS

Parakletos Intelligence believes in a successful investigation starts with thorough planning and preparation. The client’s Intellectual Property is evaluated for security measures that the client owns.  This includes the manufacturing of the products, distribution channels, and sales of their Intellectual Property. The investigator then outlines for the Brand Owner how the investigation should be initiated and conducted. Our ultimate goal is to catch the big fish. We start our investigations from the ground up at the retailer level. We then work our way to the wholesaler, then the distributor, and end with the manufacturer.

ANTI-COUNTERFEITING OPERATIONS

Counterfeiting has been fuelled by growing consumer demands in assorted industry verticals and lack of awareness about counterfeiting among general public. Product counterfeiting is a thriving billion dollar global industry. It is highly profitable and the risks of significant legal consequences are low. From CD’s and DVD’s to high-end luxury goods, consumer goods, automotives, electrical, drugs, apparels, handbags, sunglasses and pharmaceuticals — no products are immune from the potential for counterfeiting.

Counterfeiters will copy and sell anything that turns a profit without regard to quality, safety or the law. They manufacture goods as cheaply as possible with the single goal of maximizing their return. The costs of counterfeiting are shared by all — consumers, manufacturers, retailers, communities and entire economies.

Parakletos Intelligence has taken an aggressive stance against counterfeiting through a comprehensive program that involves law enforcement agencies. Parakletos works closely with multinationals and Commerce Industry provide them with the information necessary to distinguish between authentic and counterfeit products. 

Parakletos has high-pitched intolerance policy for counterfeit goods and does not consent to the import, export, or manipulation of seized merchandise carrying a counterfeit mark. The mission of Parakletos’s anti-counterfeiting program is two-fold — first and foremost, to protect the safety of consumers from the hazards of counterfeit pharmaceuticals, electrical products, secondly and finally, to provide additional value to the legitimate, responsible manufacturers that have invested the time and resources to meet safety standards.

Counterfeiting has been fuelled by growing consumer demands in assorted industry verticals and lack of awareness about counterfeiting among general public.  Historically, starting from currencies to forged documents, counterfeiting today has migrated to luxury goods, consumer goods, automotives, aeronautics, pharmaceutical drugs, apparels and accessories, media products, food and beverages and organizations.

Conventionally almost all the governance procedures were paper based and still the bulk remains to be the same.  Humanity attributes a sense of confidence and trust to these physical documents, even though it is just a psychological phenomenon.  As a matter of fact, mankind does not want to derail wholly from this business practice.  With the revolutionary leap in digital technology, it has become relatively easy for people to produce forged version of any document in a much flexible and effective manner.

The threat of digital counterfeiting and forgery of any documents is growing at an increasing pace and the same has migrated from professional counterfeiters to casual counterfeiters primarily due to the availability of advanced technologies coupled with negligible production cost.  Forgery varies from counterfeit documents, to currencies, to passports, to driving licenses, to national ID cards, to educational certificates and to financial documents.  Hence, with the technological advancement, securing valuable documents have become a serious threat and constant challenge.  Further, secure documents are absolutely essential for effective governance and administration and therefore this problem needs to be countered.  Moreover, the associated risks for accepting fraudulent documents are substantial, both financially and legally.  A feasible solution to this fraudulent behavior is the effective implementation of anti-counterfeiting solutions.

Counterfeiting has been an issue of concern over the last thirty years, which had sown its seeds locally and has evolved now as a multinational problem.  Thus counterfeiting poses a real threat to authentic documents, legitimate sales of products and its brand image, causing catastrophic consequences to national security and economy and to health and safety of consumers.

The boom in counterfeiting has been driven largely by the advance in technology.  With the widespread use of internet along with cheap and high-quality equipments, it has made possible for people without sophisticated training to easily mass produce counterfeit products.  In conjunction to this, enforcement laps of rigorous trademark rules in various countries have also been a fuelling factor for this global phenomenon.

Traditionally, various measures have been evolved to tackle the rising disgust of counterfeiting, which later on progressed as a practice discipline, called anti-counterfeiting technology.  This is a process aimed at deterring counterfeiters with the aid of technological advancement.  Technological leap has helped in realization of various sophisticated anti-counterfeiting systems such as Security Holograms, Security Printing, Biometric Solutions, Digital Security, Card-based Technologies etc.