The International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition Inc., states that every year, trademark counterfeiting costs American businesses hundreds of billions of dollars. It is important to recognize that almost all trademark counterfeiting schemes are also responsible for generating cash for underworld or black market organizations that may have direct ties to crimes involving narcotic trafficking, money laundering and even terrorism. For this reason, it is recommended that private investigators be hired to conduct all trademark counterfeit investigations in order to get in-depth brand protection & trademark usage information.
High end and well known designer brands have long been subjected to fraudulent reproduction and counterfeiting. Anyone can purchase “knock offs” of just about any product imaginable. This practice is not only criminal but costs the manufacturing industry billions of dollars worldwide. We understand that brand protection is a key part of your business and if the brand is compromised through fraud, piracy and brand counterfeiting it can cause immeasurable damage to your brand and company. Nathans Investigations private investigators undertake many brand and counterfeit investigations & has a dedicated Anti-Counterfeiting division combating these crimes for companies worldwide.
What is a trademark?
A Trademark is a symbol, word, or words legally registered or established by use as representing a company or product. A trademark identifies the source or origin of products or services used in transactions. Through the use of words, brands, images or devices, it distinguishes items from the products or services of others. In order to identify an infringement of a particular trademark, Nathans Investigations Private Investigators will execute a trademark counterfeit investigation to monitor and pinpoint exploitations. Nathans Investigations trademark division specializes in trademark counterfeit investigations & are presented with these inquiries on a daily basis. Hiring our Trademark & Anti-Counterfeit Private Investigators is the best solution for your company.
What can Trademark Counterfeit Investigations Include?
Investigations usually determine the complete life cycle of a particular trademark. Therefore, the investigation will be case specific and, will more than likely include, but may not be limited to: Determining the identity of the person or business using the trademark or selling counterfeit merchandise. What types of products and/or services are being sold and where are they being sold. How are the products being sold? (Retail stores, wholesale or distributorships warehouses). What is the size and extent of the counterfeit operation?
Nathans Investigations private investigators are adept at posing as customers and undertaking ‘undercover purchases’ to identify and purchase counterfeit goods on sale. Our Private Investigators will document the visit evidentially, take photographs, exhibit and obtain the counterfeit product for later scrutiny and if possible prosecution in a court of law. Our private investigators have extensive experience regarding counterfeit items such as bootleg clothing, movies, records, beverages, and cigarettes.
During the first consultation our private investigators will determine the investigative strategy for your specific investigation. Many strategies used to solve these investigations include, but are not limited to:
- Canvassing for counterfeit products and trademark infringement.
- Obtaining samples of products
- Verifying existing licensing agreements and/or ‘cease and desist’ letters or warnings
- Conducting undercover surveillance of a person or business entity
- Conducting detailed background checks on individuals and businesses
- Conducting searches of corporate filings, business directories, professional license databases
The United States is a first-use country. According to the International Trademark Association, this means that the first use of a trademark establishes protection of the rights to the trademark, even without registering it. Therefore, doing due diligence before utilizing a trademark by hiring a private investigator to conduct a detailed trademark counterfeit investigation, can be invaluable both in litigation and saving money when developing a product or service. Please contact Nathans Investigations Anti-Counterfeit Investigation Division with any questions or concerns regarding your investigation.