A German-based security company is developing new ways to protect the intellectual property of manufacturers.

The Fraunhofer Research Institution for Applied and Integrated Security (AISEC) knows that some of the biggest knock-offs in the counterfeiting industry aren’t designer handbags or watches, but industrial machines.

The German machine tool manufacturers have become a prime target for copycats and counterfeiting because industrial goods and trade machinery don’t go out of date as quickly as consumer goods. This provides a much wider window for counterfeiters to learn a company’s valuable know-how and exploit it by selling undetectable knock-offs.

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