I’ve often said that getting crucial evidence can sometimes be really quite simple. Nothing that is too sophisticated but having somebody that can do what is required within the time constraints in a lawful manner and deliver for your customer what you require can often be more challenging for some investigation companies.
I take the approach of ”keep it simple stupid”, when we investigate breaches of Intellectual Property and passing off, the majority of the time it is best to keep it simple.
When our IP solicitor client contacted us about an ethnic fast-food joint in Bolton copying off the clients logo they asked for the best route to gather the evidence. Their client being one of the international fast food producers wanted lawful evidence in order to take action, and lawful was imperative due to the ethics and PR reputation to the international company.
Quite simply three visits were made to the premises over three different week periods and the purchase was made, which was covertly video and audio recorded. The evidence was gathered using a pair of reading glasses which have covert cameras built into them so wherever our mystery shopper looked the camera recorded.
We had the breached logos on the menus on the wall and the menus on the table, on the sign outside the door and on the packaging boxes that the food came in.
All lawfully gathered and quickly produced and returned to the client.