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Imaging Suppllies Coalition Held Successful Conference on Prevention of Counterfeiting & Fraud

27 Aug, 2012

Venice, FL - August 24, 2012 - The Imaging Supplies Coalition held its 14th conference on the Prevention of Counterfeiting and Fraud in the Imaging Supplies Industry on August 19 through 21 at Planet Hollywood Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.  The conference was attended by approximately 75 brand protection professionals from Europe, Latin America, Canada, Mexico, Asia and the US. The attendee list included representatives from the ISC member companies. The conference was also well attended by a number of exhibitors displaying anti-counterfeiting/security technology and services.
The conference keynote speech was delivered by Therese Randazzo, Director IPR Policy and Programs, US Customs and Border Protection Agency.  Ms. Randazzo discussed the CBP’s strategic and legislative priorities as well as the ways brand owners could work more effectively with CBP.  A ground breaking panel discussion was led by Alf Anderson, General Counsel, Epson, on “The Enforcement of General Exclusion Orders”, a topic of critical importance to all constituents in the imaging supplies industry.

Other presentations ranged from a discussion on anti-counterfeiting technology to a view of the supplies counterfeiting environment in Latin America.  Presentations of case studies from ISC member companies and their industry partners focused on successes in preventing and eliminating counterfeiting activity. These case studies included Xerox – OpSec, HP – New Momentum, Canon – KSL and Lexmark. The IACC and the GIPC presented their plans and actions to mitigate counterfeiting.

Industry analysts also presented important papers: Photizo discussed the “Future of Printing in the Digital Age”, Actionable Intelligence discussed “Reseller Realities: Avoiding Patent Lawsuits and Infringing Cartridges”
The conference presentations and discussions made clear that protecting intellectual property rights is a critical issue for everyone involved in the imaging supplies industry. Supplies counterfeiting in the world wide imaging supplies market is estimated at $3.5 billion annually.

The imaging supplies industry has a great track record in combating IPR infringement due to the diligence of its brand owners in implementing effective brand protection programs. The conference participants left the conference with an updated view of the IPR issues facing the industry and a resolve to continue finding new and effective ways to mitigate these crimes.

The Imaging Supplies Coalition (ISC) is a non-profit trade association comprised of original equipment manufacturers of consumable imaging supplies and equipment that have joined together to protect their customers by combating illegal activities in the imaging supplies industry. Coalition members are Brother International Corporation, Canon U.S.A., Inc., Epson America Inc., HP,  Lexmark International, Inc., Okidata Corporation, Samsung Electronics America, Inc., Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. and Xerox. For more information about counterfeiting in the Imaging Supplies industry and the work of the ISC visit www.isc-inc.org.

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