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Philippines IPR Investigations

OSI is considered the leading provider of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Investigations and Enforcement Actions in the Philippines.

They have successfully investigated thousands of IPR infringements and successfully raided over 3,000+ illicit manufacturers and major importer/distributors, Philippine-wide, since 1992. And their success rate hovers at just under 98% over the last 24 years, a significant accomplishment in an industry known for significant corruption in the Philippines. Part of the reason for their high level of success is due to their unparalleled and long term broad stable of IPR informants spread throughout the sixteen cities, one municipality and adjacent provinces that make up Metro Manila, as well as many of the other major cities situated throughout the Philippines.

IPR investigations

In addition, Western management has worked officially and closely with the Philippine NBI and PNP (the major Philippine enforcement authorities) for ten years from within the U.S. Embassy before their retirement and entry into the commercial investigative realm in 1992. Mr. Williams is currently the Committee Co-Chairman of the Intellectual Property Rights Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce, and has served as same for over twelve years.

Unlike the majority of their competition, however, OSI limits their focus to major illicit manufacturers, importers and distributors, believing that it is more cost effective to raid at this level, versus raiding small retail operations. They usually recommend serving the smaller illicit retailers cease and desist letters immediately after their larger sources of counterfeit goods are raided, versus engaging in more expensive enforcement actions against these small entities at the same time. They have an unprecedented success rate in identifying those involved in the illicit manufacture, importation and distribution of counterfeit goods, through a strong market survey program wherein they tap their broad and long term stable of IPR informants. This is usually the first step to protecting one’s trademark in the Philippines if they are just setting up such an IPR protection program.

In addition, Mr. Williams speaks worldwide on the growing trend of international terrorist groups towards funding their administrative and operational requirements from the sale of counterfeit goods. This is due to the fact that the sale of counterfeit goods is a low risk, high profit venture, compared to the distribution and sale of say, illegal drugs. Please see Counterfeiting Links to Terrorist Funding Article.

Intellectual Property Rights

OSI has investigated several thousand IPR infringers and successfully raided over 2,500 illicit manufacturers and major importer/distributors, Philippine-wide, since 1992. And their success rate hovers at just under 98% over the last 22 years, a significant accomplishment in an industry known for significant corruption.

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Commercial Investigations

While OSI's three senior managers have many years of investigative experience throughout Europe, the Americas and other areas within S.E. Asia, they have over 70+ years of such experience and investigative contacts throughout the Philippines. And, they have established a proven and successful track record as reflected by their client list outlined on the client page of this website.

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Security Risk Management

OSI's Security Risk Management division supports the protection initiatives of major international and local corporations doing business throughout the Philippines. In-country operational regions include the major high risk areas in Mindanao, where current activities include performing in-depth security and political risk assessments, security program audits, VIP protection operations, and counter insurgency collections.

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About Us

OSI Philippines was formed in 2001 by Jeff Williams, who is Board Certified in Security Management by the American Society for Industrial Security International.

Mr. Williams has over 40 years of combined worldwide investigative and security consulting experience, with over 25 years working Philippine-wide as a Special Agent and Counterintelligence Officer with the USAF Office of Special Investigations (OSI), U.S. Embassy, Manila; and then as the Country Manager for Pinkerton Consulting Services, Philippines.

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