BSS Inc. Anti-Counterfeit IP for sale

by Jeremy Plimmer

Bar Codes Patents IP Anti-Counterfeiting

Posted on Friday, March 9, 2012


ICAP Patent Brokerage, a division of ICAP plc and the world's largest intellectual property brokerage firm is offering for auction a patented system for verification of purchase and product legality from Barcode Security Systems Inc.

The lot will be included in the 15th ICAP Ocean Tomo IP Auction on March 29, 2012, at Terranea Resort near Los Angeles, California.

Key Characteristics & Benefits
This patent portfolio discloses a technique for verifying the legitimate purchase of a retail item.

    --  At the point of purchase, an encoding device writes or otherwise
        provides unique machine-readable markings on the label (e.g., a barcode
        or an RFID tag).
    --  When a customer returns the item for refund or exchange, a detecting
        device/reader analyzes the label for the presence of the unique markings
        (which, for added security, could be invisible to the human eye).
    --  Presence of these unique markings can provide the retailer with
        important information such as whether the item was validly purchased,
        whether or not the item is eligible for a refund or exchange, purchase
        location, date and time of purchase, method of payment, etc.
    --  This information can be obtained without the requirement of a customer
        provided receipt.
    --  The disclosed technique can be implemented in POS devices in multiple
        industries including: pharmaceutical, retail, electronic, automotive and

Market Potential

This IP could provide an important portfolio for packaging printers, labelling system manufacturers and those providing barcode printers and scanners into the retail, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, electronics, automobile and aerospace markets.

To learn more about the assets available for sale in this portfolio:
Contact Olivia Becker of ICAP Patent Brokerage at 561-358-1678 or

About Jeremy Plimmer

Jeremy Plimmer has 35 years of experience in the security related print and packaging industry working originally as sales development director for manufacturers of passports, high security print and labels and more recently as a consultant. He is a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Fellow of the Institute of Minerals, Materials and Mining, chairman of the West Midlands Packaging Society as well as vice chairman of the East Midlands Packaging Society.

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About the foundation

The Product & Image Security Foundation is a non-profit making trade association which was originally formed under the name of Label & Tag Security International (LTSI) in the early 1990's.

Today it operates with more than 100 members in 27 countries and is the premier international forum for manufacturers, suppliers and users of labels, tags, packaging, identification systems, materials and systems for any form of product security, brand image protection or product traceability applications and technology.