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As you visit our site, you will learn about our mission, programs and successes. You will also learn ways to protect your business and yourself from the harm caused by counterfeit goods and fraud. It is the view of the ISC and its member companies that counterfeiting is a real threat to global markets and consumers. The ISC is a non-profit trade association comprised of original equipment manufacturers of consumable imaging supplies (ribbons, toner, inks, cartridges, etc.) and equipment that have joined together to protect their customers by combating illegal activities in the Imaging Supplies Industry.

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How do I avoid buying a counterfeit product?

Commercial product counterfeiting of trademarked and copyrighted merchandise is a multi-billion dollar parasite on international business.

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What is a counterfeit product?

American law defines counterfeiting as the infringement of a trademark. More generally it means making something out to be a branded item when it is not.  Counterfeiting is often thought of as forging or copying currency, documents, music or works of art, but actually it can refer to any item where IP rights in the form of Patents, Copyrights or Trademarks held by the creator and developer of the item are violated.

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Did You Know?

The Food and Drug Administration estimates that counterfeit drugs account for 10% of all drugs sold in the United States.

The 1993 World Trade Center bombing was largely financed through the sale of counterfeit goods, such as fake Nike T-shirts sold from a store on Broadway.

Counterfeiting has been linked to terrorist groups and organized crime. Among the groups linked are Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, Chechen separatists, North African radical fundamentalists, and knwon terrorists groups in Kosovo and Northern Ireland.

Counterfeiting and piracy are directly responsible for the loss of more than 750,000 American Jobs. From auto workers in Michigan to computer programmers in California to factory workers in Ohio, counterfeiting and piracy affect real people and cost real jobs.

The ISC estimates that the scope of Imaging Consumables Counterfeit Activity is 3.5% to 4%. This represents a cost of over $3 billion.

Counterfeiting is a growth industry. Since 1982, the global trade in illegitimate goods has increased from $5.5 billion to approximately $600 billion annually.

Counterfeiting costs the global economy approximately $650 billion per year. Approximately 5% - 7% of the world trade is in counterfeit goods. Nearly every company in every industry is vulnerable.

Counterfeiting and Piracy cost the U.S. economy in the range of $200 - $250 billion per year.

The ISC has become a global force in the industry battle against counterfeiting and fraud.

Due to the work of the ISC and its members, hundreds of thousands of illegal products worth millions of dollars have been removed from commerce.

Drug Traffickers export their product in printer cartridges as reported in the New Straight Times on 6-14-2005.

The Federal Aviation Administration estimates that 2% of the 26 million airline parts installed each year are counterfeit, which equals approximately 520,000 parts.


Editorials and News

1ocTOBER  2018

The Imaging Supplies Coalition has completed its 17th biannual conference on protecting Intellectual property in the imaging supplies industry.  The conference was held September 12 to 14 at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The conference was international in scope attended by a diverse group of 65 professionals from 8 countries across 4 continents.

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9October,  2018
15 0ctober, 2018
ISC Awarded the 2018 Anticounterfeiting Award
Imaging Supplies Coalition was awarded the 2018 Anticounterfeiting Award for the 4th consecutive year by Recycling Times Media at the ReMax World Expo held in  Zhuhai, China.
The award is presented to the company or organization that is judged to have done the most to protect the industry from Intellectul Property infinging products. Allen Westerfield, ISC President and Andrew Gardner, Lexmark WW Brand Protection Manager and ISC board member, accepted the award for the ISC.
02October 2018

On Sept 12,, members of the ISC held its quarterly meeting with the Machinery CEE in conjunction with the ISC Conference in Las Vegas., NV.  Discussed were methods of more effective GEO and anti-counterfeit training for CEE and port personnel. Enforcement results, targeting and analysis information were also exchanged.  Feedback was also provided from the training sessions the ISC held at Louisville(UPS) and Cincinnati (DHL).  freight consignment hubs. A training session is also scheduled for the Memphis(FEDEX) hub in late October.   Both the ISC and the CBP CEE believe these quarterly meetings and port trainig sessions are quite effective in improving our joint efforts in protecting the IP Rights of our members.  Armando Taboada and J. J. Perez, Directors of the Machinery CEE, were speakers at the ISC conference outlining the new CBP strategy to combat infringement..


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