September 23, 2014
The Imaging Supplies Coalition (ISC), a group of OEMs that “have joined together to protect their customers by combating illegal activities in the imaging supplies industry”, hosted its latest anti-counterfeiting conference from 14 to 16 September at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, marking its 20th anniversary.
The non-profit coalition includes Brother International, Canon USA, Epson America, Lexmark International, Oki Data Corporation, Samsung America, Toshiba America and Xerox, with attendees visiting from Europe, Asia, the USA, Canada, Latin America and Australia. The ISC stated that “brand protection […] is undergoing a great deal of change”, and is “increasing” in importance for all stakeholders.
The conference, which The Recycler previously reported on, was attended by around 90 “brand protection professionals”, including representatives from ISC member companies and exhibitors displaying both anti-counterfeiting and security technology and services. In turn, it celebrated its 20th anniversary by recognising founder Bill Duffy and first president Bill Enright.
The event’s keynote speech came from Jorge Garcia, Deputy Assistant Director for Trade at the US Customs and Border Protection’s Los Angeles Field Office, with Garcia discussing the agency’s Trade Transformation initiatives, including “centres of excellence and expertise as well as IPR and patent enforcement”.
Additional speeches were given by Irina Maslennikova, Vice President of Xerox’s Global Supplies Business Group,who discussed the “strategic importance of brand protectionto the growth and stability of Xerox”, as well as presentations on “the status of the IPR environment in China and Africa” and case studies from ISC members “focused on successes in preventing and eliminating counterfeiting activity”, and Actionable Intelligence’s Charles Brewer gave a presentation of a paper entitled Reseller realities – the challenge continues.
The ISC stated that the conference’s discussions and talks “made clear that protecting intellectual property rights is a critical issue for everyone involved in the imaging supplies industry”, with global counterfeiting of supplies costing around $3.5 billion (€2.7 billion) per year. It added that the industry “has a great track record in combating IPR infringement due to the diligence of its brand owners in implementing effective brand protection programmes”.
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