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counterfeit detection strategies Tools for effective counterfeit protection

| Author / Editor: Nigel Charig / Johanna Erbacher

Counterfeit products are a threat to every industry, and electronics manufacturing is no exception. However, training courses are available to help companies - and that should include the use of technology.

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Counterfeit semiconductors can cause field failures, financial losses and damage to the brand's reputation. Companies therefore need to protect themselves against these counterfeit products.
Counterfeit semiconductors can cause field failures, financial losses and damage to the brand's reputation. Companies therefore need to protect themselves against these counterfeit products.
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Counterfeiting is a worldwide, widespread activity whose targets include electronics parts, particularly semiconductors. Counterfeit components not only threaten the brand reputation and bottom line of legitimate component manufacturers, but can also cause major problems for original equipment manufacturers who unwittingly build them into their own products. Field failures arising from inferior counterfeit components can incur significant financial losses, and, frequently, pose safety risks.

However, resources are available to help organisations seeking to protect themselves from this threat. For example, Michigan State University’s Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP Center) offers evidence based research, educational programs, and partners with brand owners, government agencies, and academics to co-operate in protecting brands and products across multiple industries worldwide. A-CAPP uses its resources and experience to offer a Professional Certificate in Anti-Counterfeiting and Brand Protection designed to teach the skills and knowledge professionals need to be efficient, proactive and strategic in brand protection. Areas of focus include: