Product Counterfeiting & Illicit Markets

A Strategic Roadmap for Building Brand Protection Programs

This work seeks to help firms that wish to organize for brand protection: specifically, to combat product counterfeiting. It presents reasons why firms should organize and how they can do it. It provides an overview of product counterfeiting and how the problem has evolved. Importantly, it presents a framework for assessing the problem and discusses how to implement a total business solution to address it. Read More

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Designing a Total Business Solution Approach to Brand Protection. Brand Protection Professional, Vol. 3 (4): 32-33, 2018.

Brand protection is most effective when implemented as a total business solution, integrating and coordinating key functions across the enterprise toward a common goal. This article reports on benchmark data from 42 respondents (mostly representing brand-owning firms) that identify the key functions that need to be integrated as well as the specific tactics they can implement. Read More

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A Systematic Analysis of Product Counterfeiting Schemes, Offenders, and Victims in the United States. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, 2019.

Despite being a global, growing risk, little systematic research has been conducted on the nature of product counterfeiting schemes. This research examines 196 schemes involving pharmaceutical, electronics, or food counterfeiting where at least one participant was indicted in a U.S. court between 2000 and 2015. The schemes involved 551 individual and 310 business offenders that resulted in trademark violations of 146 brands.

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The 2017 A-CAPP Center Brand Protection Strategy Summit: Issues and Best Practices in Partnerships, Return on Investment, and E-Commerce. Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection Paper Series. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, 2018.

This proceedings report reviews discussions that occurred as part of the Michigan State University Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection Brand Protection Strategy Summit in October, 2017. Read More

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A Preliminary Investigation of Pharmaceutical Counterfeiters in the United States. Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology, Vol. 7 (1): 49-74, 2018.

The extant literature lacks a systematic investigation of the specific roles undertaken within pharmaceutical counterfeiting schemes. We attempt to address this knowledge gap through an analysis of individuals convicted in federal court of counterfeiting offenses related to U.S.-based pharmaceutical counterfeiting incidents. From our investigation we identified six distinct roles that can classify an individual’s involvement in a pharmaceutical counterfeiting scheme: Key/Lead, Supporting, Sales/Distribution to Legitimate Others, Sales/Distribution to Illegitimate Others, Production, and Purchase. Through an examination of these roles and…

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Partnerships and the Battle Against Product Counterfeits. A-CAPP Backgrounder Series. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection, 2017.

Partnerships among brand owners, governments, academics, consumers, and other stakeholders are essential to tackling the pervasive and persistent global problem of product counterfeiting. This Backgrounder highlights the importance of these partnerships, the need for widespread recognition of the shared nature of problems, and the development of solutions across companies and industries. Read More

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The 2016 A-CAPP Center Brand Protection Strategy Summit: Emerging Challenges, and Progress. Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection Paper Series. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University, 2017.

This paper serves as a summit proceedings report for the 2016 Michigan State University Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection Brand Protection Strategy Summit. It highlights many of the discussions that took place during the October 4-5 event. Read More

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