6.Investigation and Enforcement
Our investigative capabilities include surveillance, undercover, sightings, interviews, background investigations, computer forensics, field research and product buys. Our international network of offices and investigators means that we can address your brand protection problems on a global basis. We are able to provide the evidence for law enforcement authorities to take action either through search and seizure operations or by closing illegal manufacturing sites and stopping retailers who are trafficking counterfeit merchandise. We have considerable experience of locating the sources of counterfeit products, gathering evidence and working with the authorities to conduct raids and take appropriate criminal and/or civil actions. We also contribute expert testimony and support for criminal prosecution and civil legal actions by providing comprehensive litigation support.
Pinkerton’s Logistics Security programmes are able to work in support of our Brand Protection services. We provide pro-active and reactive resources throughout the world including asset management programmes, supply chain logistics, satellite tracking and claims investigation and verification. (For further details see the Logistics Security section of this web site)
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION PROGRAMMES
The compromising of all types of intellectual property rights (including patents, trademarks, copyrights, registered designs and trade secrets as well as brands) is a problem for every company that produces a product or provides a service.
Worldwide, counterfeit products in sectors as diverse as cosmetics and military hardware account for over £38 billion in lost revenue. In addition to the economic aspects, many counterfeit products pose a danger to the consumer. Guarding the integrity of your trademark and reducing your exposure to litigation due to defective products are vitally important matters.
Our extensive experience in the field and our presence in those areas where most product
counterfeiting originates, allows us to provide the following services:
LICENSING AND CONTROL PROGRAMMES
Our licensing and control programmes have been developed from a need by clients for assistance beyond the mere sourcing of goods. They provide an extra measure of protection in areas such as: