We need to tackle the scale and impact of intellectual property crime: Director General for the Anti-Counterfeiting Group's call as she publishes the ACG Annual Report 2016...
The European citizens and intellectual property: perception, awareness and behaviour
This plan sets out the government’s strategy for tackling intellectual property infringement for the next four years.
The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have carried out a study on global trade in counterfeit and pirated products, analysing the impact on the economy, and the share of international trade affected by the phenomenon In particular, the main goal of this study is to assess quantitatively the value, scope and trends of trade in counterfeit and pirated tangible products.
The Special 301 Report is the result of an annual review of the state of
intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement in U.S. trading partners
around the world, conducted by the Office of the United States Trade Representative
L’UNIFAB PUBLIE UN RAPPORT PROUVANT QUE LA VENTE DE FAUX PRODUITS
FINANCE LES ACTIVITES TERRORISTES DE NOMBREUSES ORGANISATIONS CRIMINELLES
October 2015 edition.
A special project of the International Chamber of Commerce—has today issued a ground-breaking study outlining the steps that intermediaries can take to help keep fake and pirated products out of the supply chain and off the Internet.
The report is the outcome of Europol experts' engagement with other experts from the private and public sectors, academia and partners in the European law enforcement community.
A decline of traditional hierarchical criminal groups and networks will be accompanied by the expansion of a virtual criminal underground made up of individual criminal entrepreneurs, who come together on a project basis. These people will lend their knowledge, experience and expertise as part of a 'crime-as-a-service' business model. Such dynamics can already be seen in the realm of cybercrime, but in the future these will extend to the domain of 'traditional' organised crime, governing crime areas such as drugs trafficking, illegal immigration facilitation and counterfeiting of goods...
The UK Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG), which represents over 140 international brands, welcomes a vital, new, study from the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), the EU’s intellectual property agency.
The report confirms that the sale of fake clothing, shoes and accessories is having a dramatic impact on the sector, resulting in annual losses of 518,000 jobs and €43.3 billion in sales. This impacts hugely on the economies of countries across the EU in terms of lost revenue, which is used to support vital public services such as health and education.
The study reveals that in the UK alone the trade in fake clothes, shoes and apparel is costing UK manufacturers, retailers and distributors around 2.6 billion in lost sales and 40,000 jobs every year.
Alison Statham, ACG Director of Operations said, “the volume of counterfeit goods being sold and distributed in the UK is totally unacceptable.
Locations such as Bovingdon Market, Herts, and Cheetham Hill in Manchester are now internationally recognised “black markets” for illegal fake goods, worth millions of pounds every year. These hives of criminality result in massive losses of public revenue and trade, which is damaging local, regional and national economies. In addition, businesses and jobs are being destroyed, along with the prosperity and reputation of the whole country.
People need to be aware that the same people who make and supply these goods are also responsible for more dangerous fakes such as body care articles, medicines, toys and electrical household goods. In addition, both Interpol and Europol have recognised counterfeiting as organised crime and this important report will hopefully help to change society’s perception of counterfeiting as a harmless activity by helping to expose its worldwide economic and social harm.”