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HP warns of counterfeit risks

HP, Microsoft and Dubai Police discuss counterfeit issues

HP warns of counterfeit risks
Glen Jones of HP (right) with officials from Dubai Police.

HP, Microsoft and officials from Dubai Police today highlighted the problem of counterfeit print products.

The companies warned that counterfeiting and piracy has a $1.7 trillion negative impact on the global economy each year.

Glen Jones, Global ACF Investigations and Enforcement Manager for HP, and representative of Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting And Piracy (BASCAP), warned about the dangers of counterfeit products and the wider criminal enterprises involved in the trade.

“Counterfeiting may seem like a distant type of crime, that is sophisticated and removed from consumers’ every day lives. In reality, it is as much a crime as street theft of robbery,” he says.

Jones praised the actions of authorities in the UAE in putting in place proper controls against for counterfeiting and for enforcing those restrictions.

In October, UAE authorities confiscated over 30,000 counterfeit items in three raids, and since 2011, two million items have been seized.

“We are very grateful to the UAE, and particularly Dubai, for its active policies to fight against counterfeiters, and to protect consumers and brands from illegal activities. Dubai Police do an excellent job.”

HP demonstrated technology to combat counterfeits, including HP Mobile Authentication and Software Authentication at GITEX.

HP’s Mobile Authentication technology enables customers to verify the authenticity of their cartridge prior to purchase through the validation of coded security labels on both inkjet and LaserJet cartridges. Subsequently, customers can also validate cartridge authenticity by using the HP Software Authentication solution installed in HP printers.

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