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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

 
 November  18,  2019
ISC  and Amazon sign a Mou to fight counterfeiting and IPr infringement
 
 
 
 
 
Program will Strengthen Collaboration and Anti-Counterfeiting Efforts by Amazon and ISC Member Brands
 
The Imaging Supplies Coalition for Intellectual Property Protection (ISC) and Amazon signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will initiate a new era of collaboration and intellectual property protection efforts between Amazon and ISC members. The MOU is a reflection of Amazon and ISC’s commitment to protecting customers and rights holders’ IP. Under the agreement, the ISC and Amazon will form a task force to better facilitate knowledge sharing, enforcement against bad actors, and improvement of processes and tools.
 
“All of the stakeholders of the imaging supplies industry and its customers are negatively affected by IPR infringing and misrepresented products.” said Allen Westerfield, president, ISC. “Online shoppers can be particularly vulnerable and Amazon continues to be the most proactive and collaborative of marketplaces when it comes to fighting infringement. We have a common commitment to create safe and trusted online shopping experiences and we are excited and committed to expand our relationship with Amazon through this new and worthwhile endeavor.” The ISC’s proactive and collaborative approach aims to combine the coalition's information, resources, and expertise with those of its partners to advance the fight against IPR infringement as an integral part of its brand protection strategy.
 
“We believe that collaboration is critical to successfully preventing infringement and partners like the Imaging Supplies Coalition provide effective forums that coalesce industry learnings so we can improve our tools while also educating brands about how best to use them,” said Dharmesh Mehta, vice president, Customer Trust & Partner Support, Amazon.
 
Amazon’s Brand Registry powers programs such as Project Zero and Transparency which empower rights holders to protect their intellectual property rights in Amazon’s stores. With more than 200,000 brands worldwide enrolled in Brand Registry, brands are reporting an average of 99% fewer suspected infringements post-enrollment than before the launch of Brand Registry and over 99% of product pages viewed by customers have not received a notice of potential infringement.
 
ISC President Allen Westerfield and Amazon’s Vice President of Customer Trust & Partner Support Dharmesh Mehta signed the MOU.
 
June 12,  2019
The ISC submits request to exclude tariffs on toner and ink cartridges to USTR Robert Lighthizer.
 
July 29, 2019
 
ISC submits document to US Department of Commerce in response to the request for comments on “Counterfeit and Pirated Goods Trafficking Effect on eCommerce”.
 
 
October 18, 2019
 
THE  ISC AWARDED THE RECYCLING TIMES MEDIA ANTICOUNTERFEITING AWARD FOR 5TH CONSECUTIVE  YEAR
 
The award is presented to a company, organization or individual that has made an outstanding contribution to creating awareness of, exposing, and/or shutting down the illegal and wrongful trade of counterfeit imaging supplies.
The Imaging Supplies Coalition: for its tireless commitment over 25 years to consistently and persistently protect IP rights, fight counterfeiting, promote fairness and assist customs and border authorities with education.  ISC's work has stopped counterfeitors in dozens of countries.
 
 
10  July 2019

On July 10, members of the ISC held its quarterly meeting with the Machinery CEE in conjunction with the CEE’s  annual supervisory  meeting.  J. J. Perez, Director of the Machinery CEE and his supervisory personnel were in attendance at the meeting. 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 the IPR Branch in DC and the training sessions in Middleburg Heights and Jacksonville. Additional training sessions were conducted at the ports of LA , Long Beach and the LAX Air Cargo Facility.  Both the ISC and the CBP CEE believe these quarterly meetings and port training sessions are quite effective in improving our joint efforts in protecting the IP Rights of our members. 

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