Robots That Forge Signatures
By: Brian G. Kathenes, ISA CAPP
Terminator III? No.... R2D2 turned crook? No... Robocop gone bad? No... This mechanical forger goes by the name of "Autopen." It has become a modern technological wonder for busy VIP's, celebrities, and politicians, but has become a headache for autograph collectors.
Knowing that autopens exist is not enough. An autograph collector must be able to determine which signatures in his or her collection were written by this mechanical forger. That is not an easy task.
The term "Autopen" has become the standard term for all machine signed signatures, just like "Jello" has become the generic term for gelatin. The Autopen is a machine designed and manufactured by the International Autopen Company of Arlington. The machine uses a fabricated matrix to reproduce signatures.