is Consumer Safety Director at UL (Underwriters Laboratories), an independent safety science company. John’s primary role at UL is focused on heightened consumer awareness of safety issues and of UL’s role in consumer safety. He has served on the board of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO), co-chaired the Chicago Consumer Sounding Board and was chairman of the UL Consumer Advisory Council. John also serves as UL’s spokesman and has been quoted in numerous newspaper and magazine articles as well as appearing on many radio and television programs. Mr. Drengenberg holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in management from Northwestern University. He is also a registered professional engineer in the state of Illinois.
The latest estimate from the International Trademark Association (INTA) notes the global impact of piracy and counterfeiting will hit $4.2 trillion (USD) by 2022… While buying a “knockoff” product may not seem to present harm on the surface, a report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warns that purchasing counterfeit or pirated goods present “a significant economic threat that undermines innovation and hampers economic growth.” … Fire, electric shock, injury and, at times, fatalities are just some of the risks in using a counterfeit product. Within the past few years, several highly publicized electrocution deaths have been linked to counterfeit iPhone adapters.