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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Mapping global patterns in counterfeit ICT goods
This chapter presents a wealth of information on the global scope of counterfeit ICT goods, their provenance economies, and the economies of registration of right holders whose IP rights were infringed. It draws on a unified database created from three regional and global databases of customs seizures between 2011 and 2013.