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.
- 28 Mar 2017
The information and communications technology (ICT) sector is marked by strong growth. Demand for ICT goods is high and growing worldwide, and ICT infrastructure is constantly expanding. Unfortunately, ICT goods are also an attractive target for counterfeiters. ICT products are highly knowledge-intensive, and protected with intellectual property, and therefore vulnerable to copying.