Drawing from nearly twenty years of experience, the Anti-Counterfeiting team at
Epstein Drangel designs, develops and implements tailored anti-counterfeiting programs
in the United States and abroad taking into consideration each client’s industry,
markets, consumer base and current & potential counterfeiting issues.
Our team is actively involved in the global intellectual property and anti-counterfeiting
community and we are known as innovators in our field of practice. Not only are
we active members of IACC and INTA, but we are often invited to present at intellectual
property and anti-counterfeiting conferences.
In addition to our internal anti-counterfeiting team, we have enlisted, and are
constantly adding to, our team of external partners to collaborate on and carry
out effective strategies to combat counterfeiting. For example, we work closely
with local, state and federal law enforcement, U.S. Customs & Border Protection,
Homeland Security, our global network of private investigators, foreign governmental
bodies, and various industry organizations to develop effective enforcement strategies
designed for each client’s specific needs.
Through our work in developing and implementing global anti-counterfeiting programs,
we have created uFaker, an anti-counterfeiting solution that enables us to work
with our clients and external partners to report, track and collaborate on worldwide
counterfeiting matters in real-time. (See
As part of our tailored anti-counterfeiting program, we analyze each client’s existing
portfolio of intellectual property rights to identify the most popular and at-risk
products with the intent of preventing and/or minimizing infringements as well as
securing the tools necessary to combat them. We also conduct trainings for our nationwide
team of investigators and our team of external partners (including: CBP, HSI, FBI,
local and state police, etc.) throughout the U.S. to facilitate the identification
and seizure of counterfeit goods.
We regularly devise new and creative ways to enforce our clients’ IP rights and
implement innovative research strategies utilizing the latest anti-counterfeiting
technologies to identify sources and/or suppliers of counterfeit goods.
We constantly monitor online marketplaces (i.e., Amazon, eBay, Alibaba and DHGate,
etc.) engaged in infringing conduct, make test purchases and remove infringing listings
and/or disable websites and/or payment processing functions. We also send DMCA Takedown
Notices to websites and/or ISPs hosting infringing content, such as: Youtube, Vimeo,
etc. and file UDRP Complaints to have infringing domains transferred to the rights
Our team internally conducts preliminary research on importers, online retailers,
marketplaces, manufacturers, distributors and retailers to determine the size of
counterfeiting operations and the extent of the infringements. We then analyze the
research results to determine the ideal strategy for pursuing the infringer (i.e.,
send/serve C&D letter, engage a private investigator or law enforcement, file a
We have successfully developed global anti-counterfeiting programs for some of the
most popular mobile and online gaming companies (i.e. Rovio Entertainment, Ltd.),
entertainment & media companies (1D Media, Ltd., Home Box Office, Inc. and EROS
Entertainment), toy companies (i.e. Moose Toys and CJ Products, LLC), As Seen on
TV companies (i.e. Ontel Products Corp. and Ideavillage Products Corp.), and luxury
brands (i.e. Buscemi LLC., JLM Couture, Meira T).