The Negative Impact of Counterfeits
May 27, 2014
Hosted by Stan Salot Jr.
Over the past few years, the number of counterfeit and pirated goods entering into the U.S. market has continued to increase. Last year alone, U.S. Customs made over 24,000 seizures of intellectual property rights (IPR) infringing goods. Counterfeiting and piracy affect nearly every industry, as counterfeit goods ranging from clothing, shoes, personal care products, electrical equipment, electronics, computers, pharmaceuticals, toys, automotive equipment and more. Stealing the intellectual property of businesses and entrepreneurs who provide authentic products is not a victimless crime. When consumers buy counterfeit goods, they help unscrupulous traders who break the law and indirectly fund organized crime. Most importantly, people who buy counterfeits put at risk their health and safety and their loved ones, as well as of people employed in the production and sale of counterfeit goods. Further, buying counterfeited and pirated goods damages our economy and can lead to job loss. This week, our host, Stan Salot will interview Justin Pierce and Valerie Finn about the negative implications of counterfeiting, and how an increased focus on brand protection and consumer and industry safety can help mitigate this problem.
People to People: Working Together for Your Safety
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We tell our children to wash their hands routinely, clean the kitchen and bathroom thoroughly (since they tend to harbor the most germs), and buy eco-friendly cleaners to protect our planet. But, despite our best efforts, hazardous and counterfeit materials are still slipping into our homes and environment. While you may know the basics of shopping for safe and environmentally friendly products, including the brands to look for, it is still easy to miss products that pose health risks. In fact, some hazardous materials, albeit small amounts, are allowed in the products we buy: musical birthday cards, earrings, light bulbs, hair bands and brushes, school supplies, and even electronic and non-electronic toys. Do you know that chemicals in common household products can be everywhere, from plastics to packaging to your garden hose?
Stan Salot Jr.
Mr. Salot is a leading expert in business and quality process management. As the President and Chief Executive Officer of the ECC Corporation, he represents the interests of the U.S. industry in the International Electro-Technical Commission Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components (IECQ). Mr. Salot is a member of several distinctive industry bodies, including the IECQ Chairman’s Advisory Group, the U. S. Technical Advisory Group for Environmental Management Standards, the U.S. SAE Working Groups for Counterfeit Mitigation Standards and the American National Standards Institute. Moreover, he was the chairman of the international IECQ Working Group 5 authoring the international certification scheme. This program is used by electrical, mechanical, toy and other consumer goods manufacturers to demonstrate their compliance with hazardous substance process management (HSPM). Mr. Salot is the current convener of the International Working Group 6 that maintains the International Counterfeit Mitigation Certification Scheme. A frequent guest speaker on radio and Internet TV programs, Mr. Salot is also the host of the VoiceAmerica Show called: People to People– Working Together for Your Safety. He is author of “The Hazardous Substance Process Management Handbook” and he regularly contributes articles in national and international technical journals and online magazines.