SMI's Investigation & Research Division
Today, even a small business can be a multinational. Yet to operate globally without the associated resources can stretch any company too thin. That is why SMI inaugurated the Investigations and Research Division (IRD). Whether you are a large corporation looking for highly specialized business intelligence, or a medium sized business looking to expand your reach, SMI has the expertise to help magnify your impact. At the IRD we maintain an elite staff of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), practitioners and academics to meet any need at a moment’s notice.
At SMI we use a variety of professional information services, sophisticated web-based search engines, and proprietary knowledge mining tools to deliver the highest quality intellectual material. We conduct research in a variety of languages, subjects and a range of professional disciplines with a domestic or international scope. Our undertakings span political, military, commercial, financial, technical and scientific fields. We have investigated multinational relationships, organization movements across sovereign boundaries or geographic regions, activities of individuals or organizations, and developments in particular industries or business sectors.
Without data, you're just another person with an opinion.
Intellectual Property Protection/Counterfeiting Investigations
It is estimated that over $300 billion dollars worth of Intellectual Property (IP) is stolen each year from American businesses. In today’s highly competitive, global business environment, this theft can result in the loss of trade secrets, research and development ideas, patents and formulas, proprietary products, and investment/bidding strategies. So great has the problem of corporate IP theft become, corporate espionage actually ranks second behind terrorism as the FBI’s chief concern to the US homeland.
As SMI, we specialize in intellectual property protection and loss prevention. We specifically focus on the theft of trade secrets and infringements on products, which can directly impact our clients’ reputation, liability, and market share. By focusing on the supply chain of counterfeit merchandise, such as clothing, pirated videos/CDs, pharmaceuticals and electronics, we are able to determine the source of this counterfeiting and disrupt operations. The key to our success is linking the considerable resources and efforts of the private sector with law enforcement partners on local, state, federal, and international levels.
SMI associates have considerable expertise in conducting counterfeiting investigations throughout Latin America, having identified and seized millions of dollars worth of counterfeit goods over the years.
Some of the counterfeit merchandise that we have experience investigating includes:
Luxury goods (handbags, jewelry, watches, pens, etc.)
Automotive and machine parts
Designer clothing and accessories
“Dummy” websites and URL addresses
"Competitive intelligence is a systematic and ethical program for gathering, analyzing and managing information that can affect a company's plans, decisions, and operations."
Unlike corporate espionage, competitive intelligence is the legal and ethical means to keep track of your business competitors. At SMI, our highly-skilled research team is able to utilize public sources to gather data on our clients' competition, as well as monitor their market environment. This data is then transferred, via analysis, into intelligence to assist our clients' into making business decisions.
Running a company requires constant vigilance and dedication to the tasks at hand. SMI is here to keep an eye on the competition for our clients so their focus can safely remain on doing what they love.