The label converter, which is based in Aurora, IL, USA, facilitated conference workshops at the event, and participated in an exhibit of IP crime fighting technologies and solutions.
CEO Bill Kane and Lori Campbell, chief operations manager of The Label Printers, attended the conference. “On the first day, the keynote speeches covered a range of topics, and included an up-close-and-personal demonstration of IP crime fighting,” says Campbell. “The MPAA showed a video of its trained DVD-sniffing dogs, whose job it is to find counterfeit DVDs.”
The second day of the conference began a series of 16 workshops addressing various issues involved in fighting IP crime. Kane, along with Russ LaCoste of SICPA, headed a workshop titled Utilizing Product Security Technologies to Defeat Transnational Organized IP Crime. “All of the workshops were designed to generate discussion about the workshop topic, but also IP crime in general,” Kane says. “Brand owners shared with us the difficulties they face in determining the extent of their losses (or potential losses) so that they might decide what kind of investment in technology they should make. Of course, we believe that by utilizing some of the very sophisticated technologies of inks, substrates, and label constructions, brand owners can protect their intellectual property in a very cost effective manner.”
Campbell adds, “IP owners understand that they can’t wait for the perfect solution, because there is no perfect solution. Just like with most technologies, anti-counterfeiting technologies continue to evolve. Brand owners and suppliers understand that they have to do their homework. They have to understand the problem, understand their supply chain, and know their suppliers.”
Keith Williams, the president and CEO of Underwriters Laboratories, said that today’s economic climate meant that public and private organizations were now combating IP crime with fewer resources, leading to increased global opportunities for international counterfeiting and piracy networks. He described it as a global epidemic requiring international cooperation and partnerships.
Describing intellectual property crime as a “thriving multi-billion dollar global industry” closely linked to transnational organized crime, Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said, “As with other transnational crimes, no single country can effectively fight the production and sale of counterfeit products. The solution must involve all stakeholders – the public and private sectors, international bodies, and non-governmental organizations – at the national and global levels, for counterfeiting is a global menace which law enforcement alone cannot address.”