We know that the anonymity and unlimited worldwide customer base that the Internet provides has made Cyberspace the epicenter of counterfeiting and piracy. From Guangzhou to Los Angeles, we can guarantee that your goods have been copied and sold by unauthorized parties. Most of all, if your brand is selling, we know that someone is ripping you off.
While operating the world’s first counterfeiting and piracy enforcement program, we played an integral part in many landmark cases. For example, our counterfeiting and piracy investigations led authorities to shutting down the world’s largest spam ring. In 2009 one of our cases led to the arrest and conviction of Oleg Nikolaenko aka the “King of Spam”. We were also the first investigative firm to begin linking counterfeit websites by their online analytics tracking tools (Chanel v. Dror Krispin). In the area of third-party liability, we wrote the playbook. IPCybercrime helped win the first successful lawsuit against and internet service provider (ISP) for contributory counterfeiting (Louis Vuitton v. Akanoc). Our year-long undercover investigation was the basis of the first-ever online marketplace to be held liable for contributory counterfeiting (Chloe v. Tradekey).
As a result of our research, we can tell you that counterfeiting has been a problem since the times of the Ancient Romans. When wine was first a commodity, imitators used the trademarks of the popular brands to peddle their lesser-quality goods. We even know that, in medieval times, swords and jousts were purchased based on the promise of quality from the manufacturer. These items were knocked off as well. Imagine the results! The first-ever registered trademarks in the world were beers in Europe. Whether we are in current times or back in the fourteenth century, no one wants to consume ingredients from an unknown source.
Fast-forward to modern times and we known from our vast experience that nothing has changed. We see daily that millions of items are produced from legitimate sources that are intended to reach consumers. For every item that is popular on the legitimate market, there are imitations of them being offered in their place. Counterfeiting is not limited to swap meets or brick-and-mortar stores any longer. Now, there are sellers trading in knockoffs every day utilizing the services of major corporations to offer cheap crap to consumers.
Blockbuster movies and indie films alike are streamed legally in venues online in more volume than expected even a decade ago. Cinephiles are rejoicing. The creators of the content, though, have a different tale to tell. For the first time ever, in 2014, online streaming content became profitable for major film and television studios. Netflix and Amazon have dominated Golden Globe and Emmy Awards talk for the last few years. Along with Hulu, Netflix and Amazon saw shareholder gains in this area. Companies like Maker Studios and Fullscreen have been purchased by major companies for hundreds of millions of dollars.
While half of the world fights over which tech startup will be the next big thing, there are thousands of content owners creating amazing content. Without this content, none of the other companies would have a reason to exist. Now that this content is so valuable, the outlook of pirated content online has changed from being a nuisance to actual competition for market share. Some of these folks are mere viewers to be converted to customers and some are criminals who gain to profit from others’ viewing and clicking on their malicious ads.
In conclusion, no matter the online mystery, we have the expertise to put together all of the pieces in a way that a judge and jury can understand. Our ability to profile, identify and locate the online offender, then piece together their entire network is unparalleled. We are experienced not only in investigations & case presentation, but also writing & proofing declarations, depositions and testimony.
Our LitPak® has been key to many of these cases in establishing veracity for our clients in federal courts. A LitPak® is a report featuring written information and backup documentation relating to findings in connection with our services. In the early 2000′s term LitPak® was borne of the massive need for the invention of a “litigation packet” to make our clients’ lives easier.
Therefore, there is no investigation firm in the world that has our expertise in investigating all aspects of e-commerce including marketplaces, social media, gaming, web developers, ad networks, spammers, wholesale distributors, software coders, manufacturers, search engine optimization specialists and hackers. Our knowledge is deep and our network is the most sophisticated of its kind.
If your case is ever expected to see the light of day in Federal Court, we are your best choice.