The number of counterfeit and pirated seizures has skyrocketed from approximately 6,000 in 2003 to over 22,000 in 2012 says Kristi A. Davidson in her most recent monthly blog posting in HFN Magazine titled, “Counterfeiting: Not a Victimless Crime.”

According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of International Trade, 30 percent of the items they have seized are consumer products, personal-care items and digital media.

Davidson’s blog details multiple ways to be vigilant about keeping product lines safe from counterfeiters. Some of her suggestions include registering your trademarks in all possible locations, designating certain people to whom suspected counterfeiting should be reported and working with legal counsel to pursue the offender civilly if counterfeiting has become a true problem. 

Visit HFNmag.com for more on Davidson's article – “Counterfeiting: Not a Victimless Crime” (HFN Magazine, July 2013)