Is Your Beauty Product Counterfeit?

As the problem of counterfeit beauty products rises, the DSS team has compiled a few quick, easy tips to help you shop safely.

  1. For liquid beauty products such as lotion or hair products, make sure you smell the product before you purchase it. If the smell varies at all from the usual clean scent, you may have a counterfeit product at hand.
  2. Check the bottle. Is it damaged, dirty or faded? If yes, this product could have been diverted from the supply chain. The danger that lies here is that this product is most likely expired or tampered with – putting you at risk.
  3. Look closely at the label. If the brand name is misspelled or a logo or image is blurry, there is a good chance that the product you are holding is not authentic.
  4. Be wary of where you purchase your product. Oftentimes stores such as Walmart or Target can get higher end brands that are counterfeit or diverted. Be aware of authorized resellers for your favorite beauty brand. If you are going to purchase a high-end product, purchase it at a salon or beauty store such as Sephora or Ulta.
  5. Don’t buy it online. As the old saying goes, if it is too good to be true, it probably is.

It’s very important to realize how dangerous a counterfeit beauty product is. The groups driving these counterfeit products have no government regulations to abide by. Diverted products can be expired, or improperly stored, leaving you open to a world of harmful bacteria. Additionally, counterfeit products may have been created in an unsanitary environment and may contain dangerous contaminants. For example, there has been reports of toxic chemicals, and even urine, in some counterfeit perfumes.

If you are a brand owner, and would like to know ways DSS can help, please visit www.DSSsecure.com

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Document Security Systems to Expand IP Portfolio in Cloud Computing, Mobile Applications, and Database Management

ROCHESTER, N.Y., February 27, 2012 — Document Security Systems, Inc. (NYSE Amex: DSS; “DSS”), a leading developer and integrator of cloud computing data security and security printing technologies which prevent counterfeiting and brand fraud, announced today that it has entered into a new agreement with ipCapital Group, Inc. (ipCG), a leading intellectual property (IP) strategy firm, to drive a strategic expansion of its IP portfolio.

Previously ipCG worked on an analysis of DSS’s unique intellectual property landscape. This intelligence has defined new areas for expansion of their IP portfolio.  Under this new agreement, ipCG will now provide ongoing IP management support and facilitate a series of invention sessions throughout 2012 using its proprietary tools and techniques for invention and IP strengthening.

John Cronin, a recently elected member of the DSS board of directors and Managing Director and Chairman of ipCapital Group, commented, “Upon analysis of the unique DSS patent landscape, we see significant market opportunity to expand DSS’s IP portfolio. DSS’s unique combination of security printing technologies that transcend into the digital world through cloud computing, mobile applications, and database management creates considerably large solution building opportunities across all areas of commerce and industry.  Increasing global awareness of data security breaches as well as fraud reconfirms our belief that we can capitalize and expand the exceptional value from DSS’s game changing patents.”

Patrick White, CEO of DSS commented, “We are looking forward to working with ipCapital Group to continue developing and expanding our patent portfolio into strategic growth areas such as data security, cloud computing and digital delivery systems.  With the expert guidance of ipCapital Group, we can focus the expansion directly into these specific market areas and more efficiently capitalize on our patents’ value.”

About DSS (Document Security Systems, Inc.):

DSS provides counterfeit prevention and comprehensive brand and digital information protection solutions to corporations, governments, and financial institutions around the world. DSS develops and manufactures products and services containing patented and patent pending optical deterrent technologies that help prevent counterfeiting and brand fraud from the use of the most advanced scanners and copiers in the market. DSS’s customized solutions are designed to protect against product diversion, counterfeit, and other costly and damaging events. In addition, The Company owns numerous patented and patent-pending technologies and products.

For more information on DSS and its subsidiaries, please visit DSSsecure.com.

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About ipCapital Group:

ipCapital Group has been serving clients that range from early stage to Fortune 500 since 1998. Its interdisciplinary team trained in business, law, marketing, and product development provides a systematic and comprehensive view of the full lifecycle of IP, from inception through shareholder value creation. ipCapital Group maximizes business results for clients that seek to develop and execute IP strategies, strengthen and monetize IP portfolios, and establish and implement Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) practices. ipCapital Group has worked with a variety of public companies including VirnetX.  For more information, visit www.ipcg.com.

For more information:

Investor Relations:
Nicole Acton
585-325-3610
Email: ir@documentsecurity.com

Document Security Systems Announces New Director

Former IBM “Top Inventor” and Chairman of ipCapital Strategy Group, John Cronin, Joins DSS Board of Directors

ROCHESTER, N.Y., February 21, 2012 — Document Security Systems, Inc. (NYSE Amex: DSS; “DSS”), a leading developer and integrator of cloud computing data security and security printing technologies which prevent counterfeiting and brand fraud, announced today that John Cronin, Managing Director and Chairman, ipCapital Group, Inc. has been elected to the Board of Directors effective immediately.

“I am pleased to welcome John Cronin to our Board of Directors,” said Robert Fagenson, Chairman of Document Security Systems, Inc. “John is a seasoned executive who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our Company. His contacts and licensing experience can strategically help DSS monetize our growing intellectual property portfolio. Several months ago we engaged John and his firm, ipCapital Group to perform an analysis of our intellectual property portfolio.  His findings convinced us that DSS needs to devote more resources to our potential in the world of “cloud computing” and the types of technologies that can power an additional dynamic potential driver of future growth for our Company.  John’s presence on our Board will give us the direct knowledge to develop those strategies quickly with a focused approach.  Our recently completed equity financing gives us the financial flexibility to continue to fund additional growth in our historic business lines as well as provide the working capital needed to develop the new patents, products and relationships that are John Cronin’s specialty. We are looking forward to John’s contributions as we work to drive exciting new areas of growth to help build shareholder value.”

CEO Patrick White stated, “Having John Cronin join our Board of Directors is a real win for our shareholders.  I look forward to working closely with John on a number of initiatives.  He has a track record of successfully operating in a high growth technology environment as well as executing mergers and acquisitions.”

Prior to founding ipCapital Group, John Cronin spent over 17 years at IBM where he became its top inventor with over 100 patents and 150 patent publications. He created and ran the IBM Patent Factory which was essential to helping IBM become number one in U.S. patents and was part of the team that contributed to the start of IBM’s successful licensing program.

About DSS (Document Security Systems, Inc.):
DSS provides counterfeit prevention and comprehensive brand and digital information protection solutions to corporations, governments, and financial institutions around the world. DSS develops and manufactures products and services containing patented and patent pending optical deterrent technologies that help prevent counterfeiting and brand fraud from the use of the most advanced scanners and copiers in the market. DSS’s customized solutions are designed to protect against product diversion, counterfeit, and other costly and damaging events. In addition, The Company owns numerous patented and patent-pending technologies and products.

For more information on DSS and its subsidiaries, please visit www.DSSsecure.com

About ipCapital Group:
ipCapital Group has been serving clients that range from early stage to Fortune 500 since 1998. Its interdisciplinary team trained in business, law, marketing, and product development provides a systematic and comprehensive view of the full lifecycle of IP, from inception through shareholder value creation. ipCapital Group maximizes business results for clients that seek to develop and execute IP strategies, strengthen and monetize IP portfolios, and establish and implement Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) practices. ipCapital Group has worked with a variety of public companies including VirnetX.  For more information, visit http://www.ipcg.com.

For more information:
Investor Relations:
Nicole Acton
585-325-3610
Email: ir@documentsecurity.com

Safe Harbor Statement
The statements contained in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding expectations for future financial performance, potential sales from new and existing customers, expected benefits from the Company’s cost cutting efforts and/or statements preceded by, followed by or that include the words “believes,” “could,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “intends,” “plans,” “projects,” “seeks,” or similar expressions, all of which involve uncertainty and risk. Many of these risks and uncertainties are discussed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), and in any subsequent reports filed with the SEC, all of which are available at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. It is possible the company’s future financial performance may differ from expectations due to a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the risks referred to above, and changes in economic and business conditions in the world, increased competitive activity, achieving sales levels to fulfill revenue expectations, consolidation among its competitors and customers, technology advancements, unexpected costs and charges, adequate funding for plans, changes in interest and foreign exchange rates, regulatory and other approvals and failure to implement all plans, for whatever reason. It is not possible to foresee or identify all such factors. Any forward-looking statements in this report are based on current conditions; expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Prospective investors are cautioned that such statements are not a guarantee of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected. The company makes no commitment to update any forward-looking statement included herein, or disclose any facts, events or circumstances that may affect the accuracy of any forward-looking statement.

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Operation Fake Sweep

Is that brand new jersey starting to fray? Or that awesome original foam finger going a little…limp? How about that Patriots koozie you got on the street, is it keeping your beer kind of, warm?

Well, if you answered yes to any of those questions, you have probably been the victim of fraud.

Fortunately, members of the ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations and officers from U.S. Customs and Border Protection are working together to make sure this won’t happen again with Operation ‘Fake Sweep’.

Beginning last year and ending just last week, Operation ‘Fake Sweep’ is an anti-counterfeit operation designed to protect one of America’s biggest days: The Super Bowl. Targeting online stores, flea markets and street vendors, this operation resulted in $4.8 million worth of fake NFL merchandise being confiscated, including 42,692 non-authentic Super Bowl items.

The numbers are up from last year where a similar operation collected $3.72 million dollars’ worth of illegal goods. This growth is a sign to consumers and the government alike that counterfeiting is a real and growing problem.

You get what you pay for. Counterfeiters use inferior materials and craftsmanship to produce look-alike products that do not benefit the teams, the players, or the employees of the U.S. based companies and trademark holders.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop with the NFL. As of last year Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League all reported feeling the strain of counterfeit sales.

So this year, show real support for your team by only buying genuine products from licensed providers.

DSS Designs and Manufactures Kogeto ‘dot’ Packaging

PRESS RELEASE

360° Camera Accessory for Apple iPhone™ and soon the Motorola DROID™, Made by Kogeto, Inc., to be Mass Marketed by Apple and Other Major Retailers

ROCHESTER, N.Y., February 02, 2012 — Document Security Systems, Inc. (NYSE Amex: DSS; “DSS”), a leading developer and integrator of secure cloud computing and security printing technologies, announced today that it has designed and manufactured packaging for an Apple iPhone accessory, Dot™, made by Kogeto, Inc. a New York City based technology engineering company. Dot is a stylish lens attachment that snaps onto the iPhone 4 / 4S and lets users shoot 360° panoramic videos from the palm of their hand.

The packaging was custom designed by DSS for Kogeto.  The first production run was completed and delivered in the fourth quarter 2011, with additional orders for the full product launch scheduled throughout 2012.  Bob Bzdick, President and COO of DSS stated, “We’re excited about this packaging opportunity for a product which we feel will have tremendous demand, and is a great accessory for the iconic iPhone, this is a great platform for our packaging and strong revenue stream for one of our core businesses”.

Jeff Glasse, CEO of Kogeto stated,  “Our intent was to find innovative companies in New York State that produce high quality, competitively priced components for our launch of  Dot™ for iPhone 4 and 4s. DSS was an easy choice for the packaging. They were a pleasure to work with, quickly responded to our needs, innovative on design options and delivered on time. We are extremely pleased with their contributions to the success of this project.”

At DSS Packaging, we design and manufacture standardized paperboard packaging for a variety of products as well specialized packaging containing our patented technologies as a front line defense against counterfeiting and brand fraud. DSS owns effective intellectual property that can authenticate originals and thwart counterfeiters at every step, from shipping to delivery. Call DSS today to discuss all your packaging needs.

A video of the product and our packaging can be seen here.

About DSS (Document Security Systems, Inc.)
DSS provides counterfeit prevention and comprehensive brand and digital information protection solutions to corporations, governments, and financial institutions around the world. DSS develops and manufactures products and services containing patented and patent pending optical deterrent technologies that help prevent counterfeiting and brand fraud from the use of the most advanced scanners and copiers in the market.  DSS’s customized solutions are designed to protect against product diversion, counterfeit, and other costly and damaging events.  In addition, The Company owns numerous patented and patent-pending technologies and products. For more information on DSS and its subsidiaries, please visit DSSsecure.com.

For more information: Investor Relations: Nicole Acton 585-325-3610 Email: ir@documentsecurity.com

Safe Harbor Statement
The statements contained in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding expectations for future financial performance, potential sales from new and existing customers, expected benefits from the Company’s cost cutting efforts and/or statements preceded by, followed by or that include the words “believes,” “could,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “intends,” “plans,” “projects,” “seeks,” or similar expressions, all of which involve uncertainty and risk. Many of these risks and uncertainties are discussed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), and in any subsequent reports filed with the SEC, all of which are available at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. It is possible the company’s future financial performance may differ from expectations due to a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the risks referred to above, and changes in economic and business conditions in the world, increased competitive activity, achieving sales levels to fulfill revenue expectations, consolidation among its competitors and customers, technology advancements, unexpected costs and charges, adequate funding for plans, changes in interest and foreign exchange rates, regulatory and other approvals and failure to implement all plans, for whatever reason. It is not possible to foresee or identify all such factors. Any forward-looking statements in this report are based on current conditions; expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances. Prospective investors are cautioned that such statements are not a guarantee of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected. The company makes no commitment to update any forward-looking statement included herein, or disclose any facts, events or circumstances that may affect the accuracy of any forward-looking statement.