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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

 June 13,  2019
ISC  Elects New Officers
The Imaging Supplies Coalition for International Intellectual Property Protection (ISC) announced that it had elected a new Chairman of the Board, new officers, and a new board appointment at their annual meeting held June 13, 2019. Praveen Kallayil, WW Brand Protection Manager, HP was named Chairman of the Board. He succeeds Alf Andersen, Contract Attorney for Epson. Mr. Andersen, who recently retired from Epson announced his retirement from the ISC. Mr. Andersens contributions to the ISC and to brand protection in general cannot be overstated. The ISC and its members sincerely thank Alf for his proactive involvement and leadership. He will be missed.
Commenting on the election, Allen Westerfield, President of the Coalition said, " Our new Chairman, Praveen Kallayil brings a wealth of industry knowledge and experience to the Chair and we look forward to continuing to build on our programs and initiatives under his leadership."
Rafi Haqqani, Director of Marketing, Supplies and Accessories, Brother International was elected Chair-Elect. Carl Nielsen, Manager of Global Brand Protection at Xerox was elected Secretary and Andrew Gardner WW Brand Protection Manager at Lexmark will continue in his role as Treasurer.
Jennifer Dirks, Brand Protection Manager at Epson was named to be Epsons representative on the ISC Board. Yuki Kawakami continues to represent Canon on the board.
Westerfield went on to say, "Each of these officers has broad experience in the imaging supplies industry and are their companies leaders in developing intellectual property rights protection strategies to defend their companies' brand from illegal activity."
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”.
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.  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 will also be scheduled. J. J. Perez, Director of the Machinery CEE and his supervisory personnel were in attendance at the meeting. 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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