Counterfeit

Counterfeit and “copy-cat brand” products continue to pose a real hazard to international brands functioning in emerging market regions where law enforcement and a culture of respect for Intellectual Property is still frail.

This is particularly so in Asia, which regrettably remains a major exporting region for copied products world-wide.

The International Trade Council conducts anti–counterfeiting ventures, to identify and expose sellers. The Council also tackles the following issues:

  • Sale of counterfeit or infringing products over the Internet
  • Recognise individuals behind web stores and eBay/online auction accounts
  • Trade of imitation or infringing products in markets and retail stores
  • Identify distributor systems and factory locations
  • Confirm authenticity and source inventory via discrete acquisitions of products
  • Sanction in the forum of civil seizures and/or criminal seizures
  • Utilise computer forensics to calculate damages and recognise suppliers and resellers

The Council has commenced anti-counterfeiting on behalf of clients, in various industries, that have issues with counterfeiters or infringers. These include footwear, FMCG, sportswear, pharmaceuticals, apparel, confectionery, tobacco, household goods, electrical goods, alcohol and spirits, perfumes/cosmetics, automotive products, music, watches, luxury goods, computer software and toys.

If you are facing a problem with the sale of counterfeit goods, please contact the Council today by email or giving us a call.

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IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING NCOV-19
(Coronavirus Pandemic)

Notice Date: 30th March 2020

The health and safety of our staff and contractors are of paramount importance. As such all ITC staff have been advised to work from home for the next 30 days and avoid all non-essential travel. This may reduce accessibility of staff via phone but, pending individual internet issues, most trade commissioners should be accessible via email.

The Council’s IT infrastructure systems are redundant and we use tried and tested collaborative tools that allow full remote working for all staff and contractors. As we use an IP-based phone system, all of our contact details will remain the same.

All webinars, conferences and trade missions are temporarily paused pending the end of the 30 day home quarantine period. The Trade Mission to Malta, Trade Mission to Estonia and Trade Mission to Finland are being re-scheduled for August 2020. Pending any major changes in the current Pandemic situation, Trade Commissioners should update attendees within the next 45 days.

All accounting functions and non-trade-related functions are temporarily paused for the 30 day home quarantine period.

The Council recommends all businesses follow the WHO guidelines which give some useful practical advice for workplaces.

Please stay at home if possible and stay safe!

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