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Anti-Counterfeiting

Protecting consumers, your products and brand reputation.

Protect your brand in the marketplace by working with us

Counterfeiting is a direct threat to your customers, brand and bottom line. We use our global partnerships, expertise and experience to help protect all of them.

Our Anti-Counterfeiting team works with law enforcement to remove products bearing counterfeit UL Marks from the marketplace and identify those responsible for their manufacture and distribution. Our program continues to grow and adapt to combat counterfeiting activities as we work closely with global partners and our customers to develop and implement solutions that halt the flow of these illegal and potentially dangerous goods.

Our customers benefit from the opportunity to fully leverage our team’s brand protection expertise and access to a wealth of support, knowledge and assistance, including:

  • Investigation support, in partnership with global law enforcement authorities
  • eLearning development resources to utilize in the creation of custom courses delivered through the IP Crime College
  • UL-sponsored conferences and networking opportunities for global law enforcement and private sector stakeholders

Global Investigations and Enforcement

Combating counterfeit goods to protect the supply chain and public safety

We collaborate closely with law enforcement agencies around the globe and our customers to support efforts to seize counterfeit products, press charges and prosecute offenders.

Our team is led by former law enforcement officers, all of whom have specialized experience in investigating and prosecuting counterfeiting offenses. Team members process product authentication requests from authorities and our customers in an effort to identify and stop the import of products with counterfeited UL Marks.

We employ a strategic approach for dealing with intellectual property (IP) crime, targeting all levels of the supply chain from the manufacturer to the retailer selling the illegal goods, identifying counterfeiters and gathering evidence to support criminal, civil and administrative actions.

Anti-Counterfeiting Solutions

Protecting brands, consumers and the UL Mark

We are committed to pursuing brand protection initiatives that help safeguard and maintain the integrity of the UL family of marks.

We work closely with our customers and other global partners to develop and implement Anti-Counterfeiting Solutions that stem the flow of illegal and potentially dangerous goods.

Our Anti-Counterfeiting Solutions include:

  • Investigation support for our clients, together with global law enforcement authorities
  • Training for our clients, including customized courses about their products for law enforcement through the International IP Crime Investigators College
  • Networking with global law enforcement and private sector stakeholders through UL brand protection conferences and workshops

UL’s Global Security and Brand Protection

Learn how UL’s Global Security and Brand Protection team collaborates with clients to implement a variety of anti-counterfeiting solutions that safeguard our customers and their brands.

Securing Borders to Stem the Flow of Counterfeit Goods

Our Border Protection Program is tasked with processing product authentication requests from authorities and our customers to help identify and stop the import of products bearing a counterfeit UL Mark.

Globally, our work with border and customs agencies prevents hundreds of thousands of potentially hazardous and illegal items from reaching the public.

In 2015, the Global Security and Brand Protection (GSBP) group continued to work closely with various global customs agencies and received more than 1,200 product authentication requests to identify products with counterfeit UL Marks. Our team worked closely with both U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the General Administration of Customs – People’s Republic of China (China Customs) to identify and prevent products with counterfeit UL Marks from entering commerce channels. This work halted the flow of potentially hazardous items from reaching the marketplace and endangering the public.

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Partnerships and Education

Educational initiatives aimed at strengthening public and private sector efforts to protect consumers and brands by combating counterfeiting and piracy crimes.

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Global Security Brand Protection Annual Report

In 2017, our global team conducted 834 customs investigations, 325 anti-counterfeiting investigations and, through our partnerships with global customs and law enforcement organizations,prevented 2.2 million products bearing counterfeit UL Marks from entering the stream of commerce.

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