As part of our Anti-Counterfeiting practice, we provide software counterfeiting enforcement services.

What is Software Counterfeiting?

Counterfeit software refers to the unlawful copying of software without authorization for the resale of the software with unsuspecting consumers. Software companies lose billions of dollars of revenue each year due to counterfeit software sales. In addition, unsuspecting purchasers of pirated software can be harmed. Therefore, software companies rely on software counterfeiting protection and enforcement programs to protect its brand and prevent piracy.

Our attorneys work closely with clients to develop effective software counterfeiting enforcement and misappropriation programs.

Software Counterfeiting and Misappropriation

While most people can spot a counterfeit product due to price, pirates are finding ways to deceive consumers through “flash sales” and similar ploys. This misappropriation of software as well as copyrights can cause considerable economic loss of profits and market share by the software owner. Such issues have become a growing challenge for software companies with the ease of Internet sales as well as rampant manufacture of pirated goods.

We work closely with our clients to create effective anti-piracy measures and strategies and implement enforcement programs. As part of our software counterfeiting programs, we:

  • Monitor for Counterfeiting and Piracy

  • Ensure Website Agreements are used

  • Create Online Education Pages about Authenticity

  • Review Internal Processes for Piracy Prevention

  • Record Trademarks and other IP Rights with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

  • Conduct Investigations

  • File lawsuits to stop infringement and piracy

  • Assist Companies with Innovative Solutions for Authentication Solutions

Software Piracy, A Global Issue

Additionally, we partner with a network of foreign associates around the world to identify and take legal action against software counterfeiting. We also help to identify and shut down manufacturers of counterfeit software in and outside the U.S. Our lawyers can assist managing anti-counterfeiting enforcement efforts globally to stop or at least minimize software counterfeiters and piracy.

We help companies develop anti-counterfeiting enforcement plans to fight the manufacture and sale of illegal software. We offer proactive anti-counterfeiting solutions designed to help clients prevent software counterfeiters for protection for their software rights.

Software Counterfeiting Enforcement Litigation

Read more about our litigation services at our intellectual property litigation overview page and our business litigation overview page, including Trademark Infringement, Domain Name Litigation, UDRP Domain Name Proceedings, Copyright Litigation.

Additional Insights Regarding Software Counterfeiting

For more information on stopping software counterfeiting, see our Legal Insights and Industry Solutions pages.