Battery packs, printer cartridges and refrigerator water filters are just a few examples of critical consumable accessories that make appliances and devices function properly. With their limited lifespan, hundreds of millions of these consumable accessories are manufactured and sold every year. This makes these items a lucrative target for unsavory companies that want to get in on the action with their cheap knockoffs. “According to The World Health Organization (WHO), 6% to 8% of the total medical device market is comprised of counterfeit goods.” As a result, billions of dollars can be lost by their rightful owners, the OEMs, and, sometimes, consumers can be impacted by subpar quality and incompatibility with their appliances or devices. When a consumer’s experience is soured due to the use of unauthorized accessories, fingers are often wrongfully pointed at the OEMs, accusing them of building shoddy products when, in fact, the problem is caused by the knockoffs. At this point, brand equities along with the valuable trust forged between the company and its customers have already been damaged. As an OEM, one easy way that you can protect your consumable accessories is by designing into them a low-cost security chip, which protects against cloning, counterfeiting and other security breaches.