Recent years have witnessed a constant rise in the spread of ICT (information and communication technologies) infrastructure and a growing demand for ICT goods. The production of these goods is knowledge intensive and the industry relies extensively on intellectual property (IP) rights. This strong and growing demand for ICT goods, and their IP dependence, makes them an attractive target for counterfeiters. This study looks at the trade in counterfeit ICT goods, including the size of the trade, the main sources of fake goods, and the countries whose companies are most affected.
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Charting the trade routes of fake ICT goods
This chapter charts the trade routes of fake ICT goods. It identifies which provenance economies appear to be producing fake ICT goods, and which are transit points in international trade. It does so by comparing the General Trade-Related Index of Counterfeiting (GTRIC) indices calculated in the previous chapter with data on ICT industrial activities.