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Protecting intellectual property and the struggle against counterfeiting 

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Intellectual property is one of Luxottica’s most important assets, and ensures the excellence, uniqueness, and incomparability of its products. It is based on the registration and maintenance of the Group’s trademarks and patents across the world (over 950 utility, technology and design patents protected by policies, procedures and IT tools designed to identify any eventual anomalies in sensitive data flows).

Over the years, Luxottica has developed an intellectual property protection system that involves the entire Group in synergic actions in various areas in order to safeguard and enhance the work of suppliers and protect the rights of third parties at the same time. The Company is, in fact, careful to avoid infringing on the know-how or intellectual property of other players in the market.

In order to prevent risk, it benefits from a sophisticated internal control system and support from specialized external companies.

The protection of intellectual property rights also involves combating counterfeiting. The worldwide proliferation of counterfeiting not only threatens official sales channels and company reputations, it also poses risks to the health and safety of consumers. Counterfeit products do not ensure the same elevated quality standards as the originals, whose excellence, in Luxottica’s case, is certified by the most stringent quality tests, by the use of highly innovative materials, impossible to process or replicate without the necessary know-how, by the ongoing innovation in its production processes, and by the introduction of high-performance sunglasses lenses such as Prizm and Chromance.

For greater effectiveness in the battle against counterfeiting and the expansion of parallel markets that divert goods into unauthorized sales channels, Luxottica has developed GLOW (Guaranteed Luxottica Origin Worldwide), an innovative system capable of guaranteeing the traceability of its products. Based on RFID technology, it verifies the authenticity of its products and the legitimacy of its sales channels by means of a sensor (RFID TAG) built into the iconic Ray-Ban and Oakley models. This device contains the essential information required to unequivocally identify every pair of glasses from its production site to the wholesale client where it has been sold. Furthermore, it emits no radio signals, and as such is completely safe for health, and does not record personal data.

Luxottica is also very active in international cooperation in the battle against pirating. In addition to being a member of the leading anti-counterfeiting organizations, including the INTA (International Trademark Association) and the QBPC (Quality Brands Protection Committee), Luxottica collaborates all over the world with local institutions and authorities in intercepting counterfeit products and combating the entire illegal production chain as best permitted by law. Around 24 million counterfeit eyewear, cases and accessories, primarily Ray-Ban and Oakley, have been seized since 2015. In 2018, the Group carried out controls on products sold in 47 countries.

For more information on counterfeiting and the possibility for consumers to report false websites or products, visit the “Brand protection” section.