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ISC Recognizes Federal Trade Commission with Award

May 22, 2003 | Miami Beach, FL

The Imaging Supplies Coalition for International Intellectual Property Protection (ISC) awarded The U.S. Federal Trade Commission a Significant Contribution Award for their efforts in battling fraud in the Imaging Supplies Industry. The award was presented at the Coalition’s Seventh Conference on Counterfeiting and Fraud held at the Eden Roc Renaissance Resort & Spa in Miami Beach.

The Award recognizes the Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Division of Enforcement, for their work in combating telemarketing fraud. The award was presented to Elaine Kolish, Associate Director of Enforcement, Bureau of Consumer Protection.

Since 1986, 33 office supply fraud cases, involving more than 60 corporate and individual defendants have been prosecuted. The cases have resulted in bans and bonds for the defendants as well as court ordered $15 Million in penalties and consumer redress. The FTC has also taken the consumer education “to the streets” in its largest consumer education program Project BOSS (Banish Office Supplies Scams). The Project BOSS initiatives include a revamped website, www.ftc.gov/boss, a video news release, print ready news articles and a PowerPoint presentation. The ISC worked with the FTC in developing an ad for use by the industry’s media, resellers and the OEMs as well as a PowerPoint Education presentation for use by the OEMs and their channel partners.

In presenting the award, ISC President & CEO, Bill Duffy said, "In our nine year history as a coalition we have never given an award. Today we are awarding our first ever Significant Contribution Award to the Federal Trade Commission, for their outstanding efforts in working with the ISC, our Members, and Resellers in combating this illegal activity that preys on innocent victims who use our members' equipment and supplies. The FTC holds workshops and listens to the industry and has taken actions that have yielded very positive results."

For additional information on the conference, contact the ISC at 859-278-2032, fax 859-278-1244, e-mail at www.iscduffy@aol.com or visit our website isc-inc.org.

The Imaging Supplies Coalition for International Intellectual Property Protection, Inc. is a non-profit association of imaging supplies Original Equipment Manufacturers. Coalition members are Brother International Corp., Canon U.S.A.Inc, Epson America Inc., Katun Corporation, Lexmark International, Inc., Oki Data Corporation, Sharp Electronics Corporation, Toshiba America Business Solutions, and Xerox Corporation.

 

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