The sad fact is; if you run a successful
business, then knockoff copies of your your products may be supplied under your brand, copied and supplied as
a different brand or different product is possibly being supplied as
your brand name (usually by simply attaching a label bearing your brand
name to the item).
n example of this could be “Yamaha” Chain
Saws (Yamaha do not make
With the rise of the internet, many
knockoffs are finding new outlets via eBay, Alibaba, Gumtree,
Craigs List etc, in addition to conventional websites and via social
media outlets (including Facebook and Twitter). The knockoffs problem is set
to get worse.
One side effect of this is the very real
damage inflicted on the legitimate company’s good name when people
have purchased a knockoff which did not meet expectations. It is no
longer uncommon for disgruntled customers to air their
disappointment via social media or on forums. This will almost
certainly cause real and lasting damage to most brands (who are
often unaware of the problem, the comments or the damage inflicted).
We recognize that this is a global issue
which needs to be tackled globally. USA Anti Piracy and UK Anti
Piracy were setup to address the problem of knockoffs on both sides of the
Atlantic simultaneously because of the high degree of interaction
between the USA and UK via USA Vero 2 and UK Veros programs which
provide Brand protection and IP support.
We own and publish websites which inform and
warn about knockoff products, whilst offering purchasers free support, a
free reporting facility and free assistance with obtaining a full
refund against counterfeit goods (this deters vendors by “attacking
them in their pockets”).
We offer IP rights holders a Vero 2 find and report
service, in that we receive reports of knockoffs from members of the
public and we also actively search for counterfeits. Where
authorized - instructed by IP rights holders - Vero 2 partners to do so; we report
infringements to Vero 2 partners and appropriate interested parties (such
as law enforcement and government agencies).
We also search for postings of relevant
illegal – misleading - defamatory videos etc, and material which
promotes counterfeit goods. We make our Vero 2 partners aware of such items
and we can issue takedown requests on behalf of Vero 2 partners to the hosts and search engines.
Additionally; we search for and monitor
forums etc on numerous subjects with a view to identifying
disgruntled customers who may have unwittingly bought knockoffs but are complaining about the
IP rights holder. We can
then “help to set the record straight”.
We are also providing online Whitelists of
Effectively; we act as a low cost 24-7 Brand
for IP rights holders - companies who are, or could be victims of counterfeiting. We
“watch your back”, we search for problems and we tell
Vero 2 partners about
them. After all; “Knowledge is power”!
USA Anti Piracy receives reports of knockoffs from around the
world. Vero 2 Brand Protection Partners benefit from these
The unauthorized reproduction or distribution of a copyrighted
work is illegal. Criminal copyright infringement, including
infringement without monetary gain, is investigated by the FBI
and is punishable by fines and federal imprisonment.
Please Note; Badge and statement supplied
by the FBI
Duplication and unauthorized
use is prohibited
Counterfeiting operations are often run by organized crime
syndicates. Counterfeiters commonly abuse their workers,
counterfeiters pay no tax and the proceeds from
counterfeiting will often finance other criminal activities
(and is also proven to finance terrorism).
Counterfeiting can also damage a nations international
image because people perception of goods from that
nation are tainted (eg; consider how the "made in China"
brand has been damaged). This can cause a lack of faith
in a nations products, and a reluctance to purchase even
Counterfeiting also stifles innovation (inventors are
discouraged from developing new products and processes
when they feel that their work may be copied).
All Governments know this and most are very happy to
work with us. USA Anti Piracy perform a brand protection
- IP support - public service -