Anti Counterfeit Phase 2

Phase 2: List, evaluate and compare the existing and emerging technologies for product authentication throughout the electronics supply chain that support the protocol, their applicability and effectiveness at all stages.

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Idea Information


Counterfeiting is not a new problem but with the growth in globalization it has become a more significant problem for all electronics companies. AGMA (Alliance for Grey Market and Anti-Counterfeit Abatement) estimates that 8 ~10% of all Technology goods (IT industry) sold worldwide are counterfeit which is of the order of $100 billion lost revenue. The US PTO (Patents & Trademarks Office) estimates that counterfeiting and piracy causes $250 billion damage to US economy annually. The US CBP (Customs and Border Patrol) estimated that in 2011 FY, there were 24,792 intellectual property rights (IPR) seizures with a domestic value of $180 million.


The electronics industry has been at the forefront of the push to globalisation, where initially the assembly facilities were distributed globally, followed by wafer fabrication facilities and finally by the product design and other IP rich functions. The electronics industry is characterised by the global transfer of goods and services. This growth in globalisation has facilitated the corresponding growth in counterfeit activity both in terms of educating and enabling counterfeiters to participate more and in reducing the control and trust that companies have on their supply chains.

Definition Information

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Phase 2 of the Anti-counterfeiting of Electronics Project will list, evaluate and compare existing and emerging technologies for product authentication.

High level objectives: 

Based on the findings of Phase 1, Phase 2 of the Anti-counterfeiting of Electronics Project will produce a white paper detailing existing and emerging technologies for authentication and their capability to address the Protocol identified in Phase 1.