Intellectual Property (IP) is an exclusive right of the brand owner. This property includes intangible creations of the brand owners’ human intellect; therefore, the brand owners are lawful copyright or trademark owners. However, when unscrupulous individuals indulge in manufacturing and distributing counterfeit products of well-known brands, the result is the loss of sales, a tarnished brand image and erosion of brand loyalty, not to mention the ill effects of consumption by the consumer and the loss of revenue to the government. This is when Brand protection services are crucial to business integrity.
Counterfeiting threatens the fabric of national economies, endangers safety and frequently kills. It devalues corporate reputations, hinders investment, funds terrorism, and costs hundreds of thousands of people their livelihood annually. Companies and organizations face IP-related risks from a multitude of sources, namely:
- From within the organization itself;
- From entities in the ecosystem of the organization;
- From competitors;
- From independent 3rd parties; and/or
- From illegal entities.
It is important to consider the risks to your intellectual property and take the steps necessary to protect your brand. Because of the potential complexity of IP investigations you should consider consulting experts. Investigators who are specially trained to protect the brand equity and customer loyalty you’ve built by providing professional assistance in the areas of:
- Trade Secret Breaches
- Data Breaches & IP Leaks
- Theft of Proprietary Customer Data
- Copyright Abuse
- Unauthorized Use of Trademarks
- Counterfeit & Pirated Products
- Threats to Brand Integrity & Reputation
- Brand Imitation & Product Copying
- Global Counterfeiting Investigations
Brand protection services can:
- Research and investigate the legal aspects of copyright, trademark and patent claims
- Identify the company and/or individuals that have breached your IP rights
- Perform background and financial investigations on subjects involved in IP infringement
- Pinpoint the source and location of the manufacturer in counterfeit product claims
- Establish new delivery channels for the trade of your products
As an integral member of the ICC Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau, CRI® Group is certified to advise and assist organizations with intellectual property investigations involving grey market and product counterfeiting crimes.
CRI® Group utilizes various techniques, analytics, and global technology to investigate intellectual property infringements, including the use of international Counterfeiting Seizure Maps and International Anti-Counterfeiting Directories. Our strategic partnerships with IP firms worldwide ensure that leads are identified and investigated and claims are settled expeditiously.
CRI® Group Intellectual Property (IP) Investigations:
- Trademark Investigations
- Intellectual Property Acquisition Services
- Patent Investigations
- Brand, Media and Internet Monitoring Services
- Anti-Counterfeiting Programs
- Brand Integrity Programs
- Copyright Abuse Investigations
- Cyber Surveillance
- Litigation Support
CRI® is an ideal partner to be the eyes and ears of brands across markets, offline and online. Our multidisciplinary experts regularly review and scan the online marketplaces to keep a close eye on fake products. From online surveillance to supply chain audits and real-time market surveys, brands will find CRI® the ideal long-term partner to keep a close eye on all markets. You, meanwhile, can focus on running the business and building your brand.
CRI® Group invites you to schedule a quick appointment with us to discuss in more detail how our Brand Protection Solutions can help you and your organization.
About CRI® Group
For short, Corporate Research and Investigations Limited, or CRI® Group, has protected businesses from fraud, bribery, and corruption since 1990. Globally, we are a leading Compliance and Risk Management company licensed and incorporated entity of the Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) and Qatar Financial Center (QFC). CRI® protects businesses by establishing the legal compliance, financial viability, and integrity levels of outside partners, suppliers and customers seeking to affiliate with your business. Based in London, United Kingdom, CRI® is a global company with experts and resources in key regional marketplaces across the Asia Pacific, South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and North and South America. Our global team can support your organization anywhere in the world.