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French startup offers Asia an AI weapon against knockoffs

Forgery-proof tabs let consumers check authenticity, from luxury bags to wine

Cypheme employs unique ink and artificial intelligence software in an effort to make its tabs impossible to copy. (Photo by Tallulah Lutkin)

PARIS -- French startup Cypheme has combined unique tabs with artificial intelligence software to authenticate products and defeat counterfeiting, a problem with global reach but coming mostly from Asia.

Cypheme markets its technology to a range of industries such as textiles, pharmaceuticals and finance, where fake items can harm both producers and consumers. The company calls Paris home, but its business stretches to mainland China, Japan, Thailand and Taiwan.

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