DSS Green Initiatives

As the world was evolving into an environmentally conscious community, DSS jumped in with both feet. From the materials we use, to our facilities’ layout, DSS is proud to say we are large advocates of promoting a greener tomorrow.

DSS is not ‘Going Green’, we are ‘Green’. The environment is important to all of us and we are committed to printing and producing your projects in the most eco-friendly way possible. DSS prides itself as an expert in the Green initiative in both the printing and packaging industry.”– Patrick White, CEO

So, how do we do it? The DSS team followed the U.S. Green Building Council’s program LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) when carefully designing the layout and function of our manufacturing facilities to coincide with these regulations.

What this means is we focused on, and met, the LEED’s five major component’s requirements:

  1. Water Efficiency  
  2. Energy and Atmosphere
  3. Materials and Resources
  4. Indoor Environmental Quality
  5. Innovation and Design

The DSS green design initiative is just one more way to surpass our customer’s expectations. But not, we have even developed a way for our customers to share in our Green efforts – DSS has the ability to use soy-based inks and post-consumer recycled content paper on all our printing and packaging products.

How it helps:

  • Created from soybean oil, these inks are available in brighter colors, are easier to recycle, more economic and reduce harmful chemicals in landfills; significantly lessening the traditional impact of printing goods on Mother Nature.
  • Although the percentage of recycled paper depends on each individual brand requested, each job DSS prints, incorporates a percentage of post-consumer waste, ranging from 10% to 100%. Additionally, our products are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified substrates.

The DSS team will continue to use practices, policies and procedures that tread lightly on the resources that sustain us as a manufacturer. And as always, we look forward to growing new and old relationships with vendors and clients that respect our earth-friendly initiatives.

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Counterfeit Electronic Goods on the Rise

A few days ago we posted this picture of variety of fake video games found by consumers, and today we woke up to learn that the danger of electronic goods is on the rise.

According to an article found on WHEC, counterfeit electronic goods are the number one category of knock-off goods seized at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

In order to combat counterfeiting, companies go through rigorous testing in order to certify their products with the coveted UL label. However, counterfeiters are determined to create knock-offs that are indistinguishable to originals, and have managed to forge the UL label. According to the same WHEC article (which you can read by clicking here) these fake labels were found on counterfeit smoke detectors up until last year.

Although these counterfeit products may be easier on the wallet than the original product, the make-up is entirely different and hardly ever safe for a consumer’s hands. These counterfeit products rarely perform as they should and have a high risk of defaulting, which could lead to life-threatening injuries or even death.

Counterfeiters tarnish brands, but companies don’t need to make it easy for them. In today’s world, 70% of counterfeiting is produced by a desktop scanner or color copier. DSS offers the patented Pantograph 4000, a security feature that combats duplications on the widest range of desktop scanners and copiers on the market.

Additionally, DSS has an array of patented on-the-spot authentication features which creates the ability for both companies and consumers alike to verify that a product is an original.

If this is not enough, we also have a unique consumer friendly, 4-step process to tracking your entire product life throughout its entire life-cycle; from manufacturing to final sale.

To learn more about how DSS can protect your brand, please visit www.DSSsecure.com

Protect. Verify. Track.

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

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Counterfeit Vodka on the Rise – Are you safe?

We’ve all done it – too broke to go out to the bars all night, too bored not to. The only feasible solution is to go to the liquor store and find a bottle of the cheapest vodka on the market and a house party.

Sounds fun, right? Wrong.

An article from the Press Association told a gruesome story of a girl, Lauren Platts, who suffered severe side effects from purchasing cheap vodka. The article stated that the employee of the store she bought it from joked, “It will blind you.” Little did she know, he wasn’t joking.

After consuming about a third of the vodka mixed with lemonade, Platts now two months later, is still having trouble with her eyesight. She states “I’ve been sent home from work because of the vision problems. It’s really scary. I think I might have it for good, but I’m just grateful to be alive.” This problem is not only affecting her ability to work, but affecting her ability to perform routine daily tasks, tasks as simple as crossing the street.

The problem lies with the fact that Platts didn’t just buy cheap vodka, but counterfeit vodka. Bootleggers are using industrial alcohol, compared to traditional agricultural alcohol, mixing it with bleach and a cocktail of other chemicals, and selling it for those desirable low prices.

The end result is a product that is more similar to cleaning fluids and paint stripper than vodka. Counterfeit alcohol has the potential to leave you ill for weeks or in Platt’s case, debilitated.

As news of this growing problem surfaces, counterfeiters are finding an easy way around their falling sales – raise the price. If consumers spend more money on their alcohol, they immediately assume they are buying a product of higher quality. But, all this is really doing, is creating a seemingly endless cycle.

DSS patented Phantom technology would create an easy way for consumers to validate their alcohol purchase. By incorporating this authentication technology into the label, all a consumer would have to do is tilt the bottle, reveal the hidden image, and go home with a clear conscience. Best part of this? Bootleggers won’t be able to easily copy the technology.

For more information on how DSS can help, please visit www.DSSsecure.com

Coupon Craze: Ways to Avoid Illegal Couponing for Both the Consumer and the Brand Owners

The coupon craze has hit America hard. With shows like TLC’s Extreme Couponing, it’s a struggle not to clean out the garage and start your own stockpile. But you need to be careful. Illegal couponing happens more than you think and if you aren’t safe, you’ll find the weeks of planning and strategizing for your next big haul, a total waste.

Below are a few helpful tips to help you avoid running into problems, or painting yourself as a counterfeiter.

  1.  Do not photocopy or accept photocopied coupons. It is not an uncommon practice for couponers to meet in groups and trade around that week’s best deals. Online websites offer a wide variety of coupons that are perfect for these occasions. However, what is unknown to many is that these websites track and limit how many of each coupon is permitted. So, if you print off your allotted amount and run to your desktop scanner to print 10 more for your friends, you have just become a counterfeiter.
  2. Do not make your own coupons. This may go without saying but as tempting as it may be, it’s illegal. Think of coupons as currency. You wouldn’t go and create hundred dollar bills, so don’t go and create a hundred dollars’ worth of fake coupons. Even if the store accepts them at the time, they will not be reimbursed which will make them amp up their coupon policies, and make your next trip to the grocery store more tedious.
  3. Do not remove expiration dates. Did you get up to the register and realize that your stack of BOGO coupons expired last week? It’s a big letdown. But don’t let that disappointment drive you to committing fraud. Removing expiration dates is an alteration of an original product and it is illegal. Granted, it might be a quick fix to your BOGO problem, but if you’re caught you can be facing judicial actions.

Brand owners do not take these criminal actions lightly and are constantly looking for ways to protect themselves. DSS offers these companies protection for both physical and digital coupons.

From the paper it is printed on, to the actual barcode itself, DSS creates customizable coupon solutions for well-known brands. When one of these coupons is duplicated, a hidden  message such as ‘VOID’ or ‘UNAUTHORIZED COPY’ appear to warn the cashier against the fraudulent document. Additionally, with the implantation of AuthentiGuard Barcode Barricade, a copied or scanned barcode becomes unreadable.

As for coupons that are found online, DSS Digital Group has developed a way to offer these same protections through a cloud based system, AuthentiGuard DX.

Wither you are the brand owner, or a consumer, taking action to avoid counterfeit coupons helps everyone. As companies no longer have to make up for lost margin, prices on your favorite products stay low, and small business owners won’t have to ramp up their coupon policies in retaliation.

For more information on how we can protect your brand please visit, www.DSSsecure.com

RG&E Customers in Jeopardy as Database Security is Threatened

According to a recent article on 13 WHAM’s website, an ABC affiliate in Rochester NY, Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E) & NYSEG announced that they must alert their customers to an unauthorized access allowed into their customer’s data.

The article states, “This situation involves an employee at an independent firm who allowed unauthorized access to one of the companies’ customer information systems.  The records contain Social Security numbers, dates of birth and, in some cases, financial institution account numbers.”

As a customer to RG&E, you assume they take their responsibility to protect customer data seriously. This issue has the potential to rob the consumers of their identity and those responsible are offering little comfort.  RG&E’s President stated earlier that they have information technology security measures in place. So, what more can they possibly do to protect against human error?

This is not the first time that secure systems have had data breached because of human error.  In December of 2010, a Colorado Sherriff’s office reported that an employee accidentally moved a secure database onto what they thought was a secure server and inadvertently made the information available to the public.

This mistake went unnoticed for a staggering seven months. When tracked, investigators realized that the leaked information was accessed publicly in the US and overseas.

Through DSS Digital Group, there is a technology that would protect data the moment it is entered into a database.  Using program templates, designated data, such as social security numbers, could be encoded using the AuthentiGuard DX system.  This data is then securely stored, and only seen with a specific viewer  whereas unauthorized viewers, would only see a gray area.

This data security would solve RG&E’s probelm with human error and prevent leaks from hackers.  Any hacked data or data sent offsite would be unreadable.  Integrating the DX system into any IT security solution would greatly enhance the security of our personal data.