IGI has conducted numerous investigations regarding intellectual property issues, including of counterfeiting, piracy, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, patent infringement, as well as contraband smuggling and so-called ‘gray market’ product diversion.
Furthermore, IGI has worked with a number of its corporate clients to conduct internal and external investigations of suspected industrial espionage and theft of proprietary information and trade secrets, and to investigate former employees suspected of violating non-compete agreements. IGI also provides advice to clients on methods for protecting company trade secrets and minimizing loss of proprietary information.
IGI’s numerous investigations of piracy and counterfeiting of goods and products have involved computers, computer games, software, art, CDs and DVDs (of music and films), printer cartridges, pharmaceuticals, toys, designer apparel and accessories, watches, cigarettes, and sporting equipment.
The guiding strategy behind these investigations has been to identify and develop intelligence on those involved in the illegal operations, their methodology, their logistic support systems (including the counterfeit production of packaging materials), their export, import, distribution and sales channels, and – in cases where it applies – their corruption of law enforcement and customs officials.
IGI’s tactics include establishment of front companies and creation of credible, backstopped assumed identities to infiltrate the counterfeiting rings impersonating buyers and suppliers and the execution of ‘sting’ and ‘buy-bust’ operations to purchase products and collect evidence – both in-person and over the Internet, and at the retail and wholesale levels. IGI coordinates liaison with domestic and foreign customs and regulatory authorities to ensure the interdiction and impounding of the counterfeit goods.