Forensic IT for intellectual property


Graham Robinson, managing director of Farncombe International, tells WIPR how and when companies should use computer forensics to address intellectual property theft.

What is the extent of IP infringement and what is the overall loss to business?

IP infringement, much of which is criminal, falls into two broad categories. The first is digital IP, which relates to electronic formats that are protected by copyright. The second is physical IP, which refers to counterfeiting of brand name products—anything from pharmaceuticals to electrical goods.

At the end of 2009, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development reported that the global scale of counterfeiting and piracy of tangible goods had reached a value of $250 billion. Its study estimated that digital IP infringement would add another several hundred million dollars to that figure.

computer forensics, Graham Robinson