Brand Protection & Anti-Dumping.

We investigate counterfeiters, rogue competitors and state-sponsored threats.  We offer sophisticated and comprehensive solutions.

I-OnAsia has twenty years of experience investigating counterfeiters and IP thieves.  


We have also undertaken many of the world's largest corporate investigations into anti-competitive behavior, including price fixing and dumping.  

I-OnAsia has conducted IP investigations in every industry. 


Telecommunications and computing hardware, software, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, agribusiness and chemicals, automotive parts, clothing and accessories, labels, education and certification.  As early as 2004, I-OnAsia received prestigious recognition by global technology leader Cisco Systems for our successes in the field.  The team leverages our global network of offices and our team's superior capabilities into a competitive advantage.

Our team delivers the greatest value to clients that are committed to fully solving counterfeiting problems. 


We work best with customers who have clear brand protection goals, and who are dedicated to stopping the manufacture of fake goods at their source.  Our corporate investigations team identifies the producers and distributors of counterfeits, not low level retailers.

We Offer A Variety of IP Services.


    Rogue Partners

    Investigations of Trusted Third Parties.

    I-OnAsia applies a mix business partner investigation approaches for cases involving OEM partners.  Unbiased undercover approaches to OEM representatives that seek to test the integrity of representatives and determine the state of play using scripts designed to reduce harmful unintended consequences not limited to disruption of healthy relationships or creation of new counterfeiting problems.  Where problems are identified, I-OnAsia conducts site visits to verify the size and scope of the problem and determine additional facts requested by the client.  I-OnAsia obtains photographs and product samples as well as other critical evidence.

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    Insider Threats

    Sensitive Investigations

    Over one quarter of I-OnAsia’s intellectual property investigations involve the theft of valuable company information by a trusted party.  I-OnAsia also investigates corporate espionage.  Our private investigators have seen it all when it comes to employee theft and are adept at internal investigations:


    • Employees starting a counterfeiting business using legitimate company suppliers.

    • Employees stealing customer lists and component designs, or new product samples to put bogus products on the streets even before legitimate goods.

    • OEM partners running extra production, either at a site already known to the client or at another location.

    • Consultants divulging key data for private gain.

    I-OnAsia applies a mix of the following internal fraud investigation approaches:


    • Forensic examination of computer data and other electronic stored information, seeking evidence of thefts of intellectual property. 

    • Intellectual property due diligence.

    • Investigations that combine surveillance of physical activities, undercover investigations.

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    Market Surveys

    Physical & Cyber

    We help clients that have only some information that counterfeit products are being sold in a particular city or country but lack other solid leads, by going out into a city or searching in a particular language for better insights.  These market surveys can be small and targeted or include a large number of visits in a single city or country.


    A market survey involves physical visits to shops.  Some may be high priority locations, where one of each designated type of suspected product is purchased or where I-OnAsia’s agents are empowered to help attorneys collect other evidence of intellectual property theft. 


    Standardized survey forms are used, audio recordings and photographs are preserved and samples are submitted to client teams to undertake copyright checks.  I-OnAsia often populates information into Excel, providing details on subjective observations in some instances that may be incorporated by I-OnAsia using its judgement and discretion into an assessment of the risk levels associated with survey location.

  • Risk Assessment

    Solid Methodology

    I-OnAsia offers a full range of sophisticated risk assessment services to our IP clients.


    I-OnAsia gathers data on indicators of risks from a variety of sources. 


    We then analyze this data through our proprietary systems to select targets that merit attention.  Clients can incorporate our data on IP infringement risk into their supply chain risk assessments and other enterprise risk assessments.

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    Undercover Investigation

    A Core Skill

    Undercover investigations of counterfeiting operations build on existing knowledge:


    • Whistleblower complaints.

    • Samples obtained from employees or business partners.

    • Fake goods bought by unsuspecting customers.

    • Online market survey results.

    • Web monitoring program results.

    • Physical site survey results.


    Using these leads, I-OnAsia uses the standard tools of the investigative trade to obtain evidence of intellectual property theft:


    • Undercover approaches by email or by telephone of suspects.

    • Physical site visits to suspect facilities.

    • Undercover interviews of individuals with likely knowledge of a suspicious activity.

    • Photography and recording, when allowed by law, of suspicious activity.

    • Obtaining evidence of unauthorized or illegal activity, from preservation of messages sent by counterfeiters through chat messenger applications to receipts of product sales.

    • Interviews of sources close to law enforcement or with knowledge of gang activities.

Case Study 

In 2015, I-OnAsia was retained by a Fortune 100 brand to try and locate a suspected IP offender.  The information provided to locate this subject counterfeiter was very limited and was based on a single photograph of a vehicle in an unknown location used on the subject's online profile. 


The vehicle in this matter was customized and license plate was visible in the photograph.  There were some surrounding buildings in the photo and some pavement markings could be observed.


I-OnAsia’s team surveyed an entire city of over 10 million residents for any parking lots with matching features.  As a result of the patience and tenacity of our in-house investigators, I-OnAsia successfully found the counterfeiter’s vehicle... 


Then we found the driver and his gang...


Then we found how the gang was stealing client IP literally out of the back door of one of its trusted local factories...


Then we referred the case for successful prosecution.  Indeed, police raids were some of the biggest in the city's history.

What Legal Professionals Say About I-OnAsia

"No one else could have gotten this result."


"It took you days to get what others failed to achieve in a year."

"This is great."

"My client is very happy."

 "Thank you."

Each I-OnAsia Office Provides

Corporate Investigations

& Litigation Support Services.


Hong Kong

Company Founded in 2001.

I-OnAsia's Hong Kong and China offices provide the full range of corporate investigations and litigation support services.  Our team has handled some of Asia's highest profile disputes, frequently working on behalf of the region's largest corporations and wealthiest families.  Our team includes records specialists, field investigators, and other specialists.  

We have a full team working in Chinese, Tagalog, Bahasa, Japanese, and other local languages.


New York

Office Established 2004.

I-OnAsia's New York office provides the full range of corporate investigations and litigation support services. 

Our expertise in New York is working complex fraud investigations in the United States and abroad, global asset traces, and corporate investigations that touch on Asia subjects..  

London City


Office Re-Established 2019.

Led by Britain's 2019 Investigator of the Year, a former international law enforcement officer and government investigator, I-OnAsia provides corporate investigations and litigation support in the United Kingdom and beyond.  our London office includes a full cyber sleuth and computer forensics capability.  


What makes I-OnAsia's London office so special for providing corporate investigations and litigation support services?  Our global perspective and experience.  No other team sees the global picture.

About Us


I-OnAsia is a global risk management consultancy.  Our company has a twenty-year track record of success.  We are Asia's market leader in critical areas of Due Diligence, Crisis Management, Security ServicesCorporate Investigations, and Litigation SupportOur teams in New York and London have a superior understanding of Asia, and also solve local problems. Experience matters.  I-OnAsia has completed more than 17,000 cases.  Clients benefit from our hard-earned insights and global reach.  

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Kwun Tong Kowloon
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