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Q&A on Intellectual Property Protection & Enforcement


By Bharat Kapoor, Vice President, Online Brand Protection, Authentix

The International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC) recently asked our VP of Online Brand Protection, Bharat Kapoor, his thoughts on intellectual property protection and enforcement and here’s what he shared:

What are the top 2 challenges in IP enforcement you see affecting your industry over the next year?

On the one hand, as online sales occur in an omni-channel environment, brands need to focus on collecting and analyzing the right set of data to make connections and take down infringing distribution channels collectively. On the other hand, ecommerce marketplaces and social media are making it increasingly difficult for brands to access sellers on their platform, with search and enforcement tools becoming less effective at tackling the range of issues online. Brand protection teams need to address these challenges by having targeted strategies supported with data and insights to deliver results and to avoid being overly reliant with on-ground investigators.

Can you provide your top 2 best practices for protecting IP?

Intellectual property protection and enforcementFirst, it is important to have registered IP rights and the ability to authenticate products efficiently. Second, the ability to collect and analyze high-quality data and manage a range of enforcement activity efficiently across hundreds of marketplaces globally is the most important factor in protecting IP. Authentix’s online brand protection solution and service platform gives our clients the ability to find and connect activities on a range of issues across ecommerce channels and further enables our global services team to manage these brand protection activities at scale. We also have active channels of communication with marketplaces to continuously address online threats collaboratively, and actively call out their lack of cooperation publicly.

What hobbies or causes are you passionate about?

We are deeply committed towards sustainability and Authentix Inc. has funded numerous environmental and educational projects in Africa, South America, and many other communities we serve. We have also implemented best practices on sustainability within the global organization. We have been following industry discussions on upcycling of counterfeit goods, and we have supported our clients in building strategies in certain countries. We are passionate about using our skills to support causes that positively impact the environment and conducting investigations into issues such as the illegal trafficking of birds and wildlife. Delivering results on projects such as these reenergizes me and our team to continue to fight against illegal activities online.

Want to learn more about how Authentix can help protect against intellectual property infringement? Schedule a consultation with our brand protection experts today.

Bharat Kapoor, Vice President, Online Brand Protection, Authentix
Formerly the CEO of Strategic IP Information Pte, now a part of Authentix, Bharat has been focused on building effective global brand protection programs for over 250 brands across sectors such as fashion, FMCG, pharma, cosmetics, sporting goods wines, and spirits. He has led the development of the best-in-class machine learning-based online brand protection technology and developed effective global teams to investigate counterfeiting and piracy on the ground in China, Asia, and Latin America. Bharat Kapoor has a B.A. Honors from the University of Technology, Sydney. Prior to joining SIPI, he was an Associate Director at Ernst & Young India, where he led the business development and advisory services program for companies operating in the media, e-commerce, and advertising sectors.

Digital Avatars and the Perils of IP Infringement


By Bharat Kapoor, Vice President, Online Brand Protection, Authentix

One of the visible recent trends online has been the rise of realistic, AI-generated celebrity avatars. These may take myriad forms (from 3D animations to chatbots) and are generated using a variety of AI technologies (including publicly available apps like Silver Studio and Lensa). Many well-known figures have jumped on the bandwagon and commercialized their AI avatars through strategic partnerships with brands and social media platforms — from Snoop Dogg and Kendall Jenner (partnering with Meta) to Slovenian NBA star Luka Dončić (who has commissioned a digital doppelgänger that can interact with fans on TikTok). In South Korea, an entire K-Pop band “Eternity” has been artificially created by a technology company, using deepfake and motion capture technology.

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The emerging trend of digital avatars brings with it several potential intellectual Property (IP) risks. These risks include false endorsement (by using an avatar to promote an unlicensed product); reputational damage (by using deepfake technology to make a celebrity appear to say or do something unsavory); or straightforward copyright infringement (by copying videos and images, which could then be commercially exploited in various ways, from use in NFTs to social media pages). There are judicial precedents on personality rights worldwide, including in cases preceding the internet, that can prevent wrongful appropriation. For example, in Midler v Ford Motor Co (1988), the singer Bette Midler sued Ford for using a “sound-alike” singer to imitate her voice in a series of commercials. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in her favor, under a California tort statute that prohibited the use of a person’s “name, voice, signature, photograph or likeness, in any manner.” Subsequent cases in the US, UK, and many other countries, have reaffirmed the decision to protect public figures from unauthorized use of their image, likeness, or voice in advertisements or endorsements without their permission. Among recent cases, in April 2023, the Chinese Hangzhou Internet Court ruled that the image and related videos of “Ada”, an AI character created by a Chinese tech company, enjoyed protection under Chinese copyright law. The court further ruled that the defendant had engaged in unfair competition by using Ada’s images and videos to promote products on Douyin.

How To Protect Against Digital Infringement

While international precedents are undoubtedly helpful in protecting digital avatars and personality rights globally, at least two significant challenges remain. First, detecting the misuse of avatars can be difficult in cases where such misuse is widespread (often because rights owners have allowed the problem to fester). Such cases may require scanning hundreds of pages and sending an equivalent number of takedown requests. Second, stemming from the first, not all platforms may be receptive to cooperating with takedown requests. For example, relying solely on case law from foreign jurisdictions, in the absence of a domestic statute clearly recognizing personality rights, may not sway certain platforms to remove infringing products. Some platforms also insist on documentation and certain IP offices may not issue certificates explicitly recognizing personality rights. It is also plausible that some misappropriated avatars may deliberately include dissimilarities in order to resist takedowns. Platforms may also construe certain uses as falling within the realm of fair use, especially if such use is in contexts that are not outrightly commercial. These problems can be suitably addressed by using advanced IP surveillance software, supplemented by a team of experts handling the complex takedown requests, escalating issues to executives, and supplying robust legal reasoning. In the end, the misappropriation of avatars is still a relatively recent problem, and the attitudes of platforms are yet to be discerned. Nevertheless, experience shows that the above problems are highly plausible, which should cause rights owners to be both vigilant and realistic on matters of enforcement.

Authentix Online Brand Protection

Authentix provides some of the world’s most recognizable brands with sophisticated online brand protection tools and services to address a broad range of online infringement and counterfeit risks. From global online surveillance and enforcement, online investigations and site takedowns, target verification, and even offline investigations, Authentix helps major brands to proactively reduce the threat of unauthorized likeness use and IP infringement. Our online brand protection solutions combine cutting-edge technological tools and expert analysis to reduce infringements for our clients on online marketplaces, social media platforms, and websites by up to 90%. If you’re curious how Authentix Online Brand Protection can help protect against intellectual property infringement, schedule a consultation with our brand protection experts today. 

Bharat Kapoor, Vice President, Online Brand Protection, Authentix
Formerly the CEO of Strategic IP Information Pte, now a part of Authentix, Bharat has been focused on building effective global brand protection programs for over 250 brands across sectors such as fashion, FMCG, pharma, cosmetics, sporting goods wines, and spirits. He has led the development of the best-in-class machine learning-based online brand protection technology and developed effective global teams to investigate counterfeiting and piracy on the ground in China, Asia, and Latin America. Bharat Kapoor has a B.A. Honors from the University of Technology, Sydney. Prior to joining SIPI, he was an Associate Director at Ernst & Young India, where he led the business development and advisory services program for companies operating in the media, e-commerce, and advertising sectors.

Understanding Our Clients’ Customers is Critical to a Successful Brand Protection Program


By David Graham, Vice President, Global Brand Protection, Authentix

The anti-counterfeiting industry plays an increasingly important role in protecting brand owners by helping to prevent the financial losses and dangers to their consumers caused by counterfeit products. As a leader in brand protection, Authentix prioritizes the protection of our client’s products from fraud and imitation, preventing revenue loss and maintaining the trust of their consumers. 

To provide complete brand protection and support to our clients, it is essential that we understand their customer’s issues and needs. Developing a comprehensive brand protection program relies on our fundamental understanding of their consumers so we can develop protection strategies that effectively mitigate risks and provide quality services. Doing so will build confidence and enhance satisfaction for our clients and their customers.

The Real Impact of Counterfeiting for Consumers

Understanding our client’s customers is essential in recognizing the impact of counterfeit products on their lives. Counterfeit products are typically of low quality and pose a higher risk of health issues. They often lack protective features, resulting in significant harm to end consumers.

For example, counterfeit pharmaceutical products can cause users severe harm or even death. Similarly, the use of counterfeit automotive parts can lead to serious injuries or fatal accidents on the road. The impact of counterfeit products extends beyond monetary losses for brand owners, emphasizing the importance of preventing counterfeit products from entering the market.

By better understanding the true impact of counterfeit products on our clients’ customers effective strategies can be developed, and the necessary preventive measures taken. Through improved cause-effect analysis, Authentix can better identify the probability of a product becoming compromised and explore appropriate security solutions to implement and combat these risks.

Designing Brand Protection Strategies That Attract Consumers

Authentix prioritizes the end customer experience to offer relevant and practical solutions that effectively address their needs. By understanding customer’s preferences and purchasing habits, Authentix can design customized brand protection strategies targeted at the appropriate markets. This involves identifying prevalent counterfeiting issues in specific markets and developing practical measures to promptly detect and prevent these issues, thereby safeguarding the brand from potential damage.

Understanding client and end-customer needs and preferences is an ongoing process that necessitates constant monitoring and updating. This ensures the deployment of the most suitable brand protection solution that effectively caters to the target customers. Through continuous assessment and collaboration with our clients, we can adjust and modify strategies to align with market changes and emerging consumer issues. Being adaptable and flexible in our approach and methodology is a fundamental value at Authentix, ensuring client satisfaction and security are upheld.

Retaining & Restoring Consumer Trust

Understanding the end customer experience also offers the advantage of protecting and enhancing brand reputation. Counterfeit products can severely undermine customer trust in the brand(s). By implementing effective anti-counterfeit measures and fulfilling our commitment to brand protection, our clients can preserve and strengthen their customer’s faith and confidence. This is especially crucial for companies that have encountered potential counterfeit incidents and need to restore trust among their core clientele for sustained long-term success.

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Authentix places significant importance on end consumers, which directly impacts our client’s financial success. Authentix provides effective preventive brand protection measures that mitigate revenue loss by proactively addressing potential issues that may affect customers. Our efforts ensure the proper implementation of specialized brand protection programs and anti-counterfeit measures for our clients.

When customers perceive a company’s genuine dedication to product safety and attentiveness to their needs and concerns, they are more likely to remain loyal and make future purchases. Retaining satisfied and trusting customers is typically more cost-effective and less time-consuming than acquiring new customers.

Brand Protection Programs Promote Confidence

Understanding the issues and needs of our client’s customers is a fundamental aspect of a successful brand protection partnership at Authentix. We strive to safeguard our clients’ products from compromise, which can have significant financial implications and potentially harm consumer health, impacting brand credibility.

Authentix is committed to raising awareness of the crucial role that comprehensive brand protection programs play in our clients’ continued success and to providing quality and trusted brand protection solutions and services that produce excellent results. Understanding our client’s end consumer is central to our operations, ensuring optimal outcomes are achieved.

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About Authentix

As the authority in authentication solutions, Authentix brings enhanced visibility and traceability to today’s complex global supply chains. For over 25 years, Authentix has provided clients with physical and software-enabled solutions to detect, mitigate, and prevent counterfeiting and other illicit trading activity for currency, excise taxable goods, and branded consumer products. 

Through a proven partnership model and sector expertise, clients experience custom solution design, rapid implementation, consumer engagement, and complete program management to ensure product safety, revenue protection, and consumer trust for the best-known global brands on the market. Contact us now to see what we can do for your brand.

David Graham, Vice President, Global Brand Protection for Authentix
With over thirty years of experience managing the extensive supply chains of numerous global retail giants throughout Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia, David brings a vast amount of expertise and knowledge to the Authentix Brand Protection team.

Having worked closely with Brands over the years—living and working in these continents—David is able to bring a better understanding and appreciation of what Brands are looking for to better secure their products in the hectic world of global brand protection and anti-counterfeiting.

To learn more about our brand protection solutions and how we can help you, please email David at

Can a Company Be Truly Sustainable Without Considering How to Prevent Counterfeiting?


By Mike Consterdine, Brand Account Development Manager

Globally, many companies have committed to the fight against plastic pollution, with manufacturers changing components and materials to produce more recyclable packaging. The time and investment put into this sustainability goal is also a balancing act with businesses becoming carbon neutral.  

However, a sometimes forgotten consideration is that counterfeit products entering the supply chain may lack sustainable materials and are often unsafe and non-compliant. In this light, an essential component of sustainability efforts is to prevent counterfeiting.

The main motivation for those conducting illicit trade is financial gain. Therefore, there is an overwhelming argument that sustainability is not considered in the manufacturing, distribution and sale of counterfeit products. Counterfeiters manufacture these goods in factories that are often unregulated and include cheaply sourced and substandard materials that are not only harmful to workers but also contribute to the pollution of the environment. 

So the question is, can companies truly achieve sustainability while at the same time not considering or having a plan to remediate counterfeit goods? We’ll see that sustainability and counterfeiting prevention go hand-in-hand.

The Impact of Counterfeiting

While it’s well-known that counterfeiting and intellectual property infringement supports organized crime, there are also other societal impacts to consider:

  • Illicit trade rings traffic people across borders for exploitative labor, often in abhorrent conditions with little or no compensation. 
  • Across multiple sectors, including apparel, consumer goods, cosmetics, electronics and pharmaceuticals, counterfeit products have been proven to contain hazardous and toxic elements. When those products come into contact with a person or are consumed, they can be harmful or even fatal.
  • Counterfeit or non-compliant products may find their way into legitimate manufacturing and distribution channels, compromising supply chain integrity. This results in companies being unable to prove that the product or process adheres to company sustainability statements and practices.
  • When counterfeit products are seized, there is an opportunity to reuse or recycle them. However, de-labeling a branded item is not always possible as this process can also be costly, and some product materials are unsafe to reuse. In these circumstances, the products will be destroyed by court order, impacting the environment with further waste and pollution.

The ability to prevent counterfeiting substantially reduces all these risks.

How to Prevent Counterfeiting

There are many ways companies can prevent counterfeiting. First, they should conduct a comprehensive review of intellectual property rights and supply chain channels. This process will provide insight into the strengths and weaknesses of company processes and their IP portfolio. The results allow efficient and effective decision-making by legal, regulatory and enforcement teams and support sales, marketing and operational divisions.

The next essential step, even if the company has an in-house brand protection specialist, is collaborating with key partners. These partners can include regional enforcement teams, online brand protection service providers and those who are experts in securing products through authentication and traceability solutions.

Brand Protection Services to Prevent Counterfeiting

An online brand protection company can assess the market while providing an overall view of the extent of the IP infringement problem, whether that be in counterfeit, design or copyrights. Engaging a third-party provider for brand protection services assists in time management. They also can conduct online takedowns and provide actionable intelligence for prioritizing offline targets.

By applying a unique and secure identifier to a product or packaging, a product can be authenticated or tracked through its lifecycle, with all data on the product stored in a cloud-based platform for various business functions. Consumers or field investigators also can immediately authenticate a product by scanning the identifier via an app, a forensic reader or a mobile/cellular device. 

By implementing these strategies, a company can mitigate its risk of counterfeiting, diversion and non-compliant products entering the legitimate supply chain. 

Return on Investment

Brand protection can be seen as a cost center. But a return on investment can be determined by increased consumer confidence through fewer customer returns, higher sales driven by the removal of infringing online content and offline target prioritization. Brand protection can also help avoid costly product recalls, which will likely increase emissions, representing another link between preventing counterfeits and sustainability

Implementing secure brand protection technologies can also lead to more efficient processes and less waste, supporting company sustainability initiatives.

Combining Sustainability and Counterfeiting Prevention

While counterfeiting can be deemed a byproduct of a successful business, it can irreparably damage a brand’s reputation with customers and the general public. It also invites questions regarding what the intellectual property rights holder is doing to prevent unregulated, often harmful, illegal practices.

Corporate social responsibility is often seen as a buzzword. But, when it comes to consumer trust and sustainability statements, it is imperative to consider all factors. Reviewing component sourcing, manufacturing processes, policies and regulations is only the start to increasing sustainability. 

Brand protection, online and offline, is more than “stopping the fakes.”  It’s also about protecting reputation, human life and the environment. 

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Trust Your Brand Protection to Authentix

As the authority in authentication solutions, Authentix brings enhanced visibility and traceability to today’s complex global supply chains. For over 25 years, Authentix has provided our clients with physical and software-enabled solutions to detect, mitigate and prevent counterfeiting and other illicit trading activity for currency, excise taxable goods, and branded consumer products. Brand protection is an integral component of our services.

Through our proven client partnership model and sector expertise, we offer custom solution design, rapid implementation, consumer engagement and complete program management to ensure product safety, protect revenue and maintain consumer trust and loyalty for the best global brands on the market. Contact us now to see what we can do for your brand.

Mike Consterdine, Account Development Manager for Brand, Authentix
Mike Consterdine has been involved in the Brand Protection industry for nearly 15 years, helping brands secure their products through protection and enforcement of their IP portfolio. Having worked as an external investigator for a number of global luxury and apparel brands, Mike also developed and managed the international enforcement program for a leading consumer electrical appliance manufacturer.

Using his wealth of knowledge in the field he is able to consult brand owners on best practices in anti-counterfeiting and anti-diversion programs. Representing Authentix, Mike will be able to outline how secure product marking enables authentication and traceability, whilst online to offline brand protection enables business growth.

Mike explains that Brand Protection is “a passion as well as a profession, protecting people is the reason. Whether you have counterfeiting, diversion or fraud issues, it’s key to be proactive and collaborate with your network to be successful in any Brand Protection program.”

To learn more about our brand protection solutions and how we can help you, please email Mike at

Are Companies Held Liable For Fake Products?


By Stephan von Schilcher, Brand Protection Director, Authentix

Brand protection often isn’t the first thing on a company’s mind as they launch a new product. When a company sets out to design a product, they want it to be a hit. They strive to make it useful and helpful to people, and they want their customers to trust and love the new product. Many brand owners refer to their products as their “baby” due to the long and challenging process to get it just right, in addition to the thought and testing that goes into the product research and development process.

One of the most powerful practices a company should apply to their products is often overlooked and that is brand protection, which can protect a company from unforeseen liability costs and customer mistrust in emerging or gray markets. Estimates vary, but the total amount of counterfeit goods impacting the job market is astonishing — it’s responsible for the loss of 2.5 million jobs globally.

When Brand Reputation is on the Line

An expression often used in sales states, “You are only as good as your last deal.” Similarly, brand reputation plays a significant role in the sales of most products. More than ever, customers are informed and do their research, reviewing competitors and finding the best deal according to various factors such as quality, cost, and reputation. A positive brand reputation can take years to build and only moments to collapse. (For example, in 2019, Nike pulled its products from the Amazon marketplace in part to try to lessen the damaging effects that counterfeit goods were then having on its brand). A brand’s positive reputation can be ruined due to a counterfeit product damaging someone’s skin, hair, body, or health.Online Brand Protection Strategies

Any product that is a premium brand and popular (e.g., car parts, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, clothing, or even bed sheets) will be counterfeited at some point and can severely damage the reputation of the brand name. It can take many years and a significant amount of money in marketing and legal fees to rebuild public trust. The risk of this predicament can be materially reduced or even avoided with an investment in a brand protection program right from the start.

Forgoing Brand Protection Is Not an Option

When companies decide to forgo a brand protection program for the release of a premium product, several adverse outcomes can occur. The product may end up in non-targeted marketplaces where consumers find counterfeited or unauthorized and often heavily discounted versions. In many cases, this could also happen with brand owners’ third-party manufacturers producing unauthorized products for their own benefit.

In these cases, brand owners may also be held liable for those counterfeit products because there is little way to prove the provenance or authenticity of the fakes vs. the legitimately produced goods. For example, if a consumer in the marketplace gets hurt by an unauthorized or fake product, the brand owner is often exposed to liability. The legal fees can pile up quickly with no end in sight, all while product sales drop due to the lack of consumer trust.

In addition to counterfeited products, there is the gray market where consumers may find a company’s genuine products sold by unauthorized distributors at deeply discounted pricing, such as being sold out of the “back of the truck” or through other nonstandard channels. These may include expired or out-of-season products where the selling price is much less than the Minimum Advertised Price (MAP).

Supply Chain Physical Visibility & Traceability Simplified

Navigating a solid brand protection program does not have to be overly complex or challenging to implement. For example, putting a digital identifier or UIM on a product is much like putting a license plate on a car. That plate’s unique letter and number combinations should only be found on the exact vehicle with matching registration.

The same goes for placing a security taggant and/or a secure digital code on a product — it is only made for that specific product. The quantity and size of the product’s merchandising and packaging will determine the best security feature(s) needed to later identify the authenticity and unique attributes belonging to the product.Brand Protection Strategies

A covert or visible encrypted QR code with a unique, serialized item level ID can provide track-and-trace insight for a brand owner. This can provide much-needed supply chain visibility and uncover gray market diversion. If there is a question of the authenticity of a product, a consumer or inspector can check for various covert and/or overt security features (depending on the brand protection program the brand has in place).

For example, when a company’s product is entering the country of destination, the border patrol can easily detect the proper security taggants and confirm the validity of the product, allowing it to reach the distribution and retail channel much faster without delays in customs.

Online Brand Protection for Added Peace of Mind

Online brand protection is another factor to consider. If a product is sold in an online marketplace, there are tools today that can make the authentication process even easier. Many providers now have image searching and can digitally compare images for authorized licensed goods offered on non-authorized sites. Also, as part of online brand enforcement efforts, inspectors can view the product image for special overt security features to help identify these suspect products.

Today’s modern online brand protection advancements allow for identifying fake products and providing ancillary services such as cease-and-desist letters and a formal process to request site takedowns from legitimate or dark web marketplaces. Online brand protection services can perform sample buys and help find, chase, catch, and investigate infringing operators in multiple marketplaces, shutting them down and further protecting your trademark.

Consumer Engagement & Authentication Significant to Growth

For traditional core brand protection programs, the growing trend of merging consumer engagement with digital product authentication in a single platform can be insightful for a growth-minded strategy. There are many technology options for both brand owners and authentication providers in developing these hybrid and dual-purpose programs. Such services allow consumer interaction for marketing purposes while forming large data sets to detect trends as the product’s journey is tracked.

As consumers become more vigilant and seek genuine products when shopping for premium brands, including a consumer engagement feature also provides an effective means of protecting products. Moreover, it enables direct engagement with loyal consumers to help increase both customer interaction and continued brand loyalty.

The Value of Complete Brand Protection

The return on investment of implementing a brand protection program from the beginning of a product’s introduction to the market is a valuable and worthwhile investment for several reasons. It can help detect fake or unauthorized products quickly, mitigate potential liability costs that may result, and help support a brand owner’s preferred market pricing by avoiding unauthorized gray market activity. Being able to police all third-party manufacturers can also be a crucial result of a well-implemented brand protection program.

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About Authentix

As the authority in authentication solutions, Authentix brings enhanced visibility and traceability to today’s complex global supply chains. For over 25 years, Authentix has provided clients with physical and software-enabled solutions to detect, mitigate, and prevent counterfeiting and other illicit trading activity for currency, excise taxable goods, and branded consumer products. Through a proven partnership model and sector expertise, clients experience custom solution design, rapid implementation, consumer engagement, and complete program management to ensure product safety, revenue protection, and consumer trust for the best-known global brands on the market. Headquartered in Addison, Texas USA, Authentix, Inc. has offices in the North America, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Africa serving clients worldwide.  For more information, visit

Stephan von Schilcher, Brand Protection Director, Authentix
Stephan von Schilcher is Director of Brand Protection with nearly 20 years of international experience in anti-counterfeiting technology consulting and operations. His portfolio includes implementation of overt/covert authentication technologies and trademark screening software focused on industries of Consumer-Packaged Goods (CPG), Pharmaceuticals, Health & Beauty, Food & Beverage, Fashion, and Electronics.

At Authentix, Stephan sets priorities and guides strategies for clear solutions that increase consumer confidence and safety. He detects and evaluates vulnerable links in the supply chain to defend against negatively impacted revenue and brand integrity. He has established global partnerships for smart packaging components such as NFC, RFID, and QR, and is part of the leading team for Digital Product Passport packaging.

To learn more about our brand protection solutions and how we can help you, please email Stephan at


1 BASCAP, Estimating the global economic and social impacts of counterfeiting and piracy, Frontier Economics, 2011

2 Elizabeth Segran, Nike tried playing nice with Amazon. Here’s why it didn’t work, Fast Company, 2019


Tips to Avoid Online Counterfeit Products During The Holiday Season


This year’s holiday period will bring the busiest shopping season of the year including a growing portion of purchases made online, an environment ripe for counterfeiters and scammers to take advantage of buyers by pushing fake products or phishing for personal and financial information. The consumer product counterfeit business has evolved and grown from city sidewalks to the online global marketplace. We’ve listed below a few helpful tips to be mindful of this risk and potentially avoid purchasing counterfeit products online during this high-volume and often confusing purchasing season.

1) Check to Confirm the Shopping Website is Secure.

When purchasing items online, make sure you are only purchasing from trusted sources. By verifying the website is secure, you are less likely to deal with illicit sites either selling fake products or worse, looking to steal your personal and financial information. One method to verify you are more likely to be on a legitimate site is to check the web address bar, where you’ll find the fully expressed website domain address. If a site address begins with “https://” the “s” stands for secure. You should also see a padlock symbol at the top of your browser. While this isn’t 100% foolproof, if you don’t see these indicators, chances are you have stumbled into a non-secure and possibly illicit e-commerce site.

Another tip is to be cautious of sponsored search results on Google that can lead to little-known e-commerce portals. Sponsored content which typically appears higher up in a search result or sponsored content appearing on social media that targets consumers directly are not always trustworthy. It is also recommended to be cautious of sales offered on chat apps, email campaigns and short video apps. The original website of the brand owner should normally be the first port of call, followed by the reputed e-commerce websites. On reputed e-commerce sites, use caution and evaluate the seller you’re buying from. For example, if you see a seller sell reputed brands alongside generic goods the products will most likely be fake.

2) Evaluate if the E-Commerce Site Shows the Warning Signs of Highly Discounted and Unrealistic Offers.

Many brands are often impersonated online by websites offering large price savings or special onetime deals. Be cautious of websites offering retail pricing at substantial discounts from the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. A deal that seems too good to be true probably is. Often these illicit trading sites need to use these pricing and promotional tactics to attract the web traffic and entice shoppers to navigate and purchase fake or unauthorized goods. Google Transparency Report and Scam Advisor are helpful sources to view a site’s legitimacy. We also recommend never purchasing anything online with terms of purchase not allowing returns and stating all sales are final.

Another rule of thumb to verify if the site is more likely selling legitimate product is to check the brand owner’s official, authorized website and compare the standard retail price offered on the same product against the price quoted on the questionable site. Often, discounts of 30% or more for premium branded products should be suspect. Also, check the brand owner’s official site for any mention of similar deals or a list of authorized distributors/dealers. If you’ve ordered and received product under these questionable circumstances, it is important to always inspect the products fully and compare the product’s appearance to the legitimate images on the brand owner’s site. It is also important to check all packaging, missing or expired dates or broken/non-existent safety seals. If you discover inconsistencies and suspect you’ve received a fake product, be wary of using it, especially if the failure of the product could result in your own bodily harm. It might be time to request a refund and/or report the purchase to the authorized brand owner.

3) Refer to Legitimate Verified Buyer’s Reviews as a Potential Credibility Builder.

If the shopping site you’re visiting is credible, there should be substantial and believable third-party reviews from multiple verified buyers. Make sure to browse several consumer reviews to verify the content is believable and visit other review sites such as Google My Business and Yelp to review the seller’s reputation and any negative customer experience feedback that’s already out there. Sometimes, rogue traders try to plant fake reviews with glowing praise. Thus, it may also help to sort reviews by low to high rating, and quickly check if any customer has complained of the product being substandard or even suspecting it to be counterfeit.

Many Brand Owners Work Diligently to Protect Their Brand’s Online Credibility

Authentix provides some of the world’s most recognizable brands with sophisticated online brand protection tools and services to address a broad range of online infringement and counterfeit risks. From global online surveillance and enforcement, online investigations and site takedowns, target verification, and even offline investigations, Authentix helps major brands to proactively reduce the threat of unauthorized or outright fake product hitting the online marketplaces.

If you’re a brand owner and curious how Authentix Online Brand Protection can help protect against intellectual property infringement, schedule a consultation with our brand protection experts today.

Reigning in Influencer Counterfeiting


By Bharat Kapoor, Vice President, Authentix Online Brand Protection

Partnerships between major brands and social media influencers are today de rigueur. Worryingly, however, the rise of influencer marketing has been accompanied by an unseemly trend of “influencer counterfeiting”, where a minority of unscrupulous influencers blatantly hawk fake goods on the internet. A recent survey, commissioned by the UK Intellectual Property Office and conducted by the University of Portsmouth, found that “deviant” social media influencers exert a significant influence on young followers, stating a host of alarming statistics.

While a reasonable amount of media coverage has been devoted to the trend of influencer counterfeiting, what is sometimes missed is that levels of respect for intellectual property can vary across social media platforms.  For example, Meta appears to have a fairly robust complaints mechanism, with approximately 80 percent of counterfeit-related complaint resulting in takedowns (per its transparency reports). Meta has also partnered with well-known brands and initiated legal action against counterfeiters (including, in one instance, a lawsuit jointly filed with Gucci in a US court). The same, however, is arguably less true for TikTok and its Chinese equivalent Douyin. Media reports, and our own enforcement experience, suggests that the extent of influencer counterfeiting on the platform is widespread and responses to takedown requests need to be improved. This also holds true for Telegram. Compounding the problem, Telegram offers users significant anonymity, thus potentially allowing rogue influencers to hide behind false identities and also evade offline enforcement actions.

Judicial precedents concerning influencer counterfeiting, and the obligations of social media platforms, remain few and far between. Late 2020, Amazon sued two influencers active on TikTok, Facebook and Instagram in the US, for allegedly working with a large network of counterfeiters to advertise and facilitate the sale of fake luxury products. The case, however, was ultimately settled on confidential terms.  In June 2022, Amazon and Cartier partnered to sue an influencer selling fake jewelery on Instagram. In contrast with the earlier case, the identity of the influencer was unknown and identified in court filings only by the handle “Phym9y3v”. While the outcome of the case is eagerly awaited, a recent precedent from the Delhi High Court in India is instructive. An English-language tutor, whose lectures and course materials were being uploaded and sold on Telegram without her permission, sued Telegram for copyright infringement. The plaintiff observed that she had sent takedown requests to Telegram, but new channels with the infringing content were popping up as soon as one was disabled.  Telegram contested the application on the ground that it was an intermediary and that its servers were located overseas, beyond the jurisdiction of Indian courts.  The court rejected Telegram’s arguments, observing that “conventional concepts of territoriality no longer exist” and that copyright enforcement “cannot be diminished merely due to the growth of technology, which has made it easier to hide and conceal illegal activities.” The court thus directed Telegram to disclose the mobile numbers, IP addresses and email addresses used to upload and disseminate the content, along with details of the servers and networks used.

The increase in influencer counterfeiting requires brand owners to pursue rogue influencers (both online and offline) and press for myriad forms of legislative intervention and diplomatic pressure, to truly reign in influencer counterfeiting and the platforms that facilitate it.

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Authentix National Fuel Integrity Programs: Enabling Governments to Optimize Tax Revenue, Reduce Carbon Emissions, Improve Fuel Quality, and Fund Public Infrastructure

  1. Why do National Governments Rely on Authentix to Implement and Operate National Fuel Integrity Programs?

In the last 25 years, dozens of national governments have selected Authentix to provide the technology and support services to start and operate national fuel integrity programs (NFIPs) with the aim of reducing illicit trade, smuggling, and adulteration of the country’s fuel supplies. Primarily, governments are quick to produce high returns on investments in and enforcement of these programs as illicit trade is reduced, and criminals are no longer able to profit through fraud and tax avoidance. Authentix also appreciates that markets are never static and new threats will always appear. Therefore, we design all our programs around continual improvement to constantly address the changing scope in illicit activity. Additionally, Authentix is committed to capacity building and knowledge transfer striving to empower and train the local workforce in utilizing the best-in-class technology.

Prior to implementing a NFIP, many countries had experienced between 30%-40% total fuels sales coming from illicit activity including several methods of illegal trading such as:

  • Smuggling non-taxed, low-taxed, or subsidized fuels from neighboring countries and selling these as fully taxed fuels.
  • Adulteration (commingling) with off-road, tax exempt, or subsidized fuels and selling as fully taxed fuels.
  • Adulteration/dilution of high-quality refined fuel with substandard or inferior quality products such as kerosene or waste oil and selling to the unsuspecting consumer as high quality, fully taxed fuel.
  • “Round Tripping” where untaxed products destined for export or transit through the country never leave the national borders and are dumped into the legitimate supply chain.

2. The Adverse Effects from Illicit Trade of Fuel Products

In addition to the obvious loss of excise tax revenue to the country from criminals who profit from these fraudulent activities, there are many detrimental outcomes when allowing this nefarious activity to go unchecked including:

  • Lower revenue collection by the government and less public funds for roads, schools, healthcare, and other important infrastructure needs of the citizenry.
  • Possible need for the government to increase marginal or other taxation rates on the citizens to make up the funding shortfalls caused by these fraudulent schemes.
  • Environmental damage and increased air pollution caused by low quality and sometimes dangerous adulterants present in the country’s fuel supply chain.
  • Lower fuel efficiency by vehicles where fuel or oil adulterants can reduce the fuel quality and engine performance standards.
  • Increased costs to consumers and industry via damage to motor vehicles and other motorized equipment caused from use of low-quality oil and fuel adulterants not specified for use by these vehicle manufacturers.
  • Reduction of legitimate and compliant retailers who cannot compete against illicit operators’ reduced cost basis.

3. The Quick Payback to Implementing Authentix NFIPs

In the dozens of NFIPs implemented by Authentix on behalf of governments around the world, the positive impact has been rapid, consistent, and substantial in counteracting these adverse effects and ongoing damages of illicit fuel trading. It is common to see significant reductions in illegitimate fuel in the supply chain within only a few weeks of the program’s inception. In fact, well within the first year of program inception to see previous fuel supply compromise rates easily cut in half and even greater reductions through the remainder of the first year. As the program gains velocity and following successful enforcement activity, it is common to see illicit activity drop below a 5% rate.

In case studies completed on various programs, it was common for the illicit trading of fuels to go from over a 30% compromise rate to less than 5% in a matter of months from enforcement starting. Through continued program operation and ongoing enforcement, countries have been able to sustain these single digit compromise rates perpetually. Given the increased collection of legitimate taxes, the program metrics means the client could easily pay for the initial NFIP investment within a few months. Continued enforcement through suitable legislation then allows these gains to be protected through the life of the program.

For most countries, excise tax collections from fuel sales can be a major component of the government’s budgeted revenue often exceeding over USD250 million in smaller countries and billions of dollars in larger countries. With such large numbers at stake, cutting fuel fraud even a few percentage points can result in a massive return on investment for the government, often more than 20 times the annual cost of the NFIP.  In many instances, Authentix clients have seen fuels excise tax revenues increasing by USD50 million to hundreds of millions per year. In a single client circumstance that was one of the first to institute an Authentix NFIP over 20 years ago, the total recovery of additional funds is estimated to be more than USD2 billion in the last 23 years.

4. The Environmental Benefits of Authentix NFIPs

While most governments are starting to consider implementing NFIPs due to the positive experiences of other countries who have already deployed a program, there are many more returns on investment to be realized beyond the large tax revenue increases. Reducing the amount of low-quality and harmful adulterants in the fuel supply has an immediate and extremely positive impact on air pollution and can allow a country to meet its commitments and be compliant with international air quality standards established through international and cooperative treaties. These treaties, such as the Stockholm Convention enacted in May of 2001, brought most countries together in a global, written pact agreeing to ban harmful Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS) from being used. Many fuel adulterants being added to dilute legitimate high-quality fuels contain POPs, or precursors to POPs and are harmful to air quality and toxic to humans. By eliminating these adulterants from the fuel supply the government is also reducing air pollution.

With an Authentix NFIP, the chemical and covert markers to track and identify the fuel to confirm compliance do not affect the quality of the marked fuel and are environmentally safe. In fact, the proprietary and patented covert markers used by Authentix in these programs are made from Carbon, Hydrogen, Oxygen, and Nitrogen (CHONs) which are already compositional elements of high-quality diesel and petrol fuels today. Further, these covert markers are added to the fuel supply at extremely low concentrations, often at a low parts per billion (ppb) level. To fully understand and visualize something at, say a concentration of 10 parts per billion, imagine starting a trip to fly from Eastern Asia to the tip of South America, which is approximately 14,000 miles. As you begin the journey, you take a half step to pick up your bag. You have now traveled 10 parts per billion of the planned trip, just a distance of 8 inches out of the total 14,000-mile journey.

5. Authentix NFIPs Save Consumers and Vehicle Manufacturers Money

Authentix fuel markers cause no harm to combustible engines and are also approved for use in the fuels for many of the world’s largest branded fuel companies. Unfortunately, this is not the case for harmful adulterants and other oil waste products added to fuels through illicit trading. In today’s modern vehicles, carburetors, fuel injectors, real time oxygen sensors, catalytic convertors, exhaust filters and other expensive, computer controlled electronic components are all precisely engineered to work with specific fuels having minimum quality thresholds for composition including those able to utilize fuels containing percentages of ethanol. However, as non-fuel hydrocarbons and other substandard chemicals are intentionally added to dilute quality fuels for profit seeking, vehicle fuel systems and other components can be severely damaged even resulting in catastrophic engine failure. These costs are extremely high for both consumers and vehicle manufacturer warranty claims in countries experiencing prominent levels of fuel adulteration.

While many consumers try to purchase fuel from reputable retailers it is next to impossible to know if the quality of any fuel being dispensed to a vehicle meets the minimum government and vehicle manufacturers requirements. And it is not just the retailers who are suspect in these cases as even the most high-quality and well-intentioned branded fuel retailers can fall prey to the illicit wholesale transporters and distributors involved in fuel adulteration and supplying these retail stations. Regardless, implementing an Authentix NFIP is the first important step to improving overall fuel quality by eliminating these harmful adulterants and reducing repair and warranty costs to the consumer.

6. The End Result to Enacting a NFIP? It is the Citizens Who are the Ultimate Winners

While increased tax revenue and high return on program investment is an immediate and clear benefit from an Authentix National Fuel Integrity Program, it is the common citizen and consumer that ends up benefiting the most. With the increased excise tax revenues for the government, there is less reliance on taxation of consumer income or use tax that often becomes necessary to replace the lost revenue from illicit fuel trading. Also, as fuel quality in the country improves from less mixing of low-quality adulterants into the fuel supply, fuel efficiency improves, and costly repairs and unforeseen maintenance issues diminish. Citizens have improved air quality and governments have more resources to build improved highways, airports, and other infrastructure projects necessary to improve the quality of life for all its constituents.

7. Selecting the Right Solution Provider for NFIPs Makes all the Difference. With the Most Fuel Authentication Projects in the World, Authentix is the Market Leader and The Authority in Fuel Authentication

Authentix is the market leader in Fuel Integrity Programs with over 25 years of experience and more active National Fuel Integrity Programs deployed than any other company. Providing our clients with the most sophisticated marking technology, cloud-based software suites, mobile applications, supply chain management tools, documentation, and more is our only focus. Our driving purpose is to create a world of confident commerce and ensure the safety and integrity of products purchased by consumers and companies every day. For more information, please visit our website at or contact us at

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Social Selling Has Empowered Counterfeiters: How Can You Fight Back & Protect Your Brand?


By Bharat Kapoor, Vice President of Online Brand Protection, Authentix

With online sales continuing to surge, companies are focusing on digital marketing and advertising products through various social media channels.

Not only has there been a rapid shift towards sales through online channels as a result of Covid-19, with corporations such as L’Oréal for example reporting a 62% increase in online sales across divisions and regions, the marketing of products through influencers has also experienced a dramatic uptick with the influencer marketing industry estimated to be worth US$9.7bn in 2020.

However, according to a report published by Instagram, 20% of the posts associated with top brands on social media featured counterfeit or illicit content.

The way customers interact with brands has been changing over time with two factors driving that change. One is technology where you have omnichannel sales and you’re getting messaging from social media feeds, e-commerce, marketplaces, influencers and so on. Customers buying products online also have access to delivery infrastructures that haven’t before existed in the way they do today. For example, if you buy something on Amazon in Southeast Asia, Asia or the US, it can come to you within hours. And what counterfeiters really take advantage of is exactly that: they find places where it’s easy for them to promote and sell anonymously and use this delivery infrastructure that’s been created by other legitimate businesses who have invested billions and billions of dollars in e-commerce.

The second thing that is helping smooth the path for piracy are payment systems that make it possible to move funds cross-border seamlessly, which are often associated with e-commerce and the rise of China’s cross-border ‘daigou’ trade. Via this method, counterfeiters will attempt to use the pricing gap between retail prices and grey market products to sell counterfeits.

Today, with the various means of transacting, getting money from someplace in Europe into China is also instant. This type of financial structure unfortunately is geared up to benefit fraudsters.

What we’ve seen is cross-border e-commerce channels becoming extremely popular because they offer crazy discounts. These deals are backed by sellers in a foreign country that will be responsible for delivering the product once a transaction is completed. For example, we found and investigated sellers in Singapore that have no inventory and they simply place a back-to-back order when they receive an order. This makes it more complicated for the police to take criminal actions against such sellers.

For the cosmetics industry for example from a brand perspective, it’s not only about counterfeiting, which may be 30-40% of the issue. But you will also find infringers using other brand assets – films, photos, design patents, a wide spectrum of IP – to sell a particular product that could be a counterfeit, or even a lookalike product.”

Finding Out Who’s Selling Fakes

SIPI has a unique strategy for discovering the online vendors who are responsible for dealing in counterfeit products and those dealing in legitimate goods via its proprietary online monitoring and enforcement solutions. The aim is not only to protect clients’ brand image and copyright, but also their customers and reputation.

SIPI uses machine learning-based algorithms to scale up analysis and identify hidden trends in data gathered both online and offline to identify high-value targets.

The process begins with data gathering, in which SIPI scrapes data for clients’ brands from around 500 different e-commerce marketplaces and social media platforms. This data is fed into its online platform for risk screening and risk-scored by SIPI’s proprietary algorithms, under which over 30 parameters (including price, images, keywords, customer reviews and seller activity) are taken into account.

In terms of the algorithms, you must approach your research and your study of a potential infringinglisting by looking at the listing in the wider context. It is sometimes quite difficult to identify a counterfeit product just by looking at the listing, because legitimate brand owners may also sell their products at discounted prices. They have other channels and many other ways of selling. So, you can’t just say that the price of a product being 30% or 40% below average is, alone, an indication of it being counterfeit.

You must be more diligent in terms of your assessment of a seller. And that’s what SIPI has trained our algorithms to do – to know what else to look at online. For example, you can look at customer comments, store rating, how old the stores are and the types of products that you see the store selling, such as luxury goods alongside very generic products, which may be viewed as being suspicious.

To identify offline targets, high-risk sellers are further investigated to create seller and product clusters, the name for groups of sellers concentrated in a region or dealing in a single product. A complete digital profile is created for high-value targets after which these leads are shared with an offline investigator for further investigation and action. The remaining infringing listings are reported to the respective marketplaces and social media platforms for takedowns.

SIPI currently protects over 200 brands and maintains a 94% success rate across platforms. While it strives to have a 100% success rate, certain major marketplaces in China and Asia make it extremely difficult to file complaints against each and every counterfeit instance.

And it is not simply a case of either how sophisticated or poorly-made the fake products are as to whether these are blatantly obvious versions. There are multiple avenues for illicit commercial activity.

SIPI has noticed a sharp increase in the number of sellers claiming to manufacture products and supply packaging materials that support the counterfeiting trade. There are also cases of verifiable and legitimate products being sold illegally.

Looking Forward

Given the wider e-commerce environment playing so well into counterfeit sellers’ hands, we believe the combination of Authentix and SIPI’s expertise comes at a beneficial time for brand clients. The acquisition of SIPI by Authentix increases the scope of its offerings to brand protection clients by integrating digital security technologies and online anticounterfeiting and content rights services for an end-to-end, comprehensive brand protection solution.

SIPI provides clients with solutions to digitize their supply chains and uses investigation techniques to determine instances of counterfeiting and diversion while attempting to keep the internet free of fakes by building effective online enforcement programs.

For a limited time, SIPI is offering a free online brand risk analysis to qualified brands. More information can be found here.

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The Sum of Its Parts: Well-Curated Authentication Technologies in the Fight against Illicit Trade


By Jessica Wirka, Brand Protection Director, Authentix

Whether you’re a brand owner protecting a commercial product or a government authority issuing critical, high-security documents, you’re continually faced with the ongoing challenges of combating illicit trade and counterfeiters.

To counter these constant attacks on legitimate industry players, high security authentication solutions are needed to safeguard the integrity of global commerce and can include both physical and digital security solutions. Security can be added to documents, products, and product packaging or labels. In addition to adding these security features, the more advanced and effective authentication programs should also include track and trace capabilities that allow the tracking of protected products throughout the supply chain.

With a comprehensive and well-curated authentication program, brand owners and governments can take a more proactive approach to protecting consumers from potential health and safety issues and themselves from the financial impacts of counterfeiting and diversion.

Product Marking: The Foundation

Physical marking solutions can range from simple yet effective to highly sophisticated and extremely secure. A typical marking ‘toolkit’ consists of four basic elements, each of which performs a different function, ranging from detection, prevention, deterrence and engagement.

  • Tamper Evident – cannot be opened and reapplied without visible damage, therefore deterring and preventing nefarious actors from interfering with the product
  • Overt – visible to the eye and hard to copy, which deters from and ultimately prevents attempts to mimic the feature due to the high barrier to entry both from a cost and from a technical point of view
  • Semi-overt – visible to the eye upon performing a simple action, which means the brand owner can choose when to change a feature from covert to overt by timing the invitation to the public to engage in the authentication of the product
  • Covert/forensic – invisible to the eye, detectable using a hand-held device (covert) or laboratory equipment (forensic); being invisible, covert and forensic features do not prevent counterfeiting, but they facilitate unequivocal and quick in-field verification of authenticity and detection of counterfeits.

A combination of these features presents the most water-tight strategy against a number of illicit trade activities including counterfeiting, diversion, and infringement. To ensure successful implementation with minimal impact to current processes already in place, the most effective approach is to integrate the application of security features into existing processes within your manufacturing and vendor base, whether it is printing, labels, tamper evident seals or specialized overt and covert inks, using existing materials and packaging designs.

Going Digital: Connecting your Asset to the Cloud

Product marking is the foundation that supports digital security technologies, given that the physical form of digital identifiers can be validated when combined with robust printed security features.

Products become digital touchpoints by adding unique, item-level digital identifiers to the product or its packaging. Unique identifiers can be delivered in various formats such as overt or covert Datamatrix codes, QR codes, human readable alphanumeric codes, or embedded NFC chips, added to any part of the product or packaging or other carrier vehicle. These digital identifiers can also be embedded into an existing code format or added as a covert ‘twin’ of a visible code in cases where codes are at risk of being removed in an unauthorized attempt to destroy the traceability of the product.

In general, there are three main users of this technology:

  • Supply Chain Participants – manufactures, distributors, 3rd party logistics
  • Inspectors – a brand’s internal team, local law offices, law enforcement and customs agents
  • Consumers/e\End-Users – for authentication verification and engagement

What’s Next: Using your Connected Asset to your Advantage

Connected products are typically used in three different ways and for different objectives. These include journey tracking, authentication and consumer engagement as shown in this graphic.


Driven by a rules engine that is calibrated by the brand owner or government, each of these paths direct critical data back to them in the form of actionable insights and analytics that are leveraged for strategic decisions across multiple agency focus areas or corporate functions, such as legal, operations, supply chain, marketing and others.

Examples of data that can be gleaned include locations of suspicious activity, excessive scan volume, geo- fence violations, multiple scans/single ID alerts, top scanned codes, and more.

The Role of Data: Collect, Analyze, Act, Share

There are many areas in which data can prove exceptionally meaningful. These include:

  • Secure mark: validates if the product is genuine or fake
  • Distribution: routes, port of entry, freight forwarders, dates, etc.
  • Illicit activity: captures and ear-marks products/codes that are suspected as counterfeit or diverted
  • Source: increasingly important raw materials and components
  • Product: records product make or model, part number, batch and quality control data
  • Production: captures manufacturer, date and time of production
  • Location: identifies where was the product made, shipped, sold, or scanned
  • Consumer: opt-in driven consumer intelligence, contact data, location of scan, device, engagement

This data can easily be shared across internal teams, with law enforcement and customs, and used for benchmarking and best practices in discussion with other brands.

Examples of client dashboard in the Authentix DigiTrax™ platform


In summary, both physical and digital technologies play an important role in the fight against illicit trade. Creating digitally connected products turns them into valuable tools for inspection, reporting and communication. When leveraged to its full functionality, the combination of physical and digital technology is a game-changer for our industry.

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