Counterfeiting and Piracy and the Swedish Economy

Making Sure "Made in Sweden" Always Is

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The Swedish economy is innovative and rich in intellectual property (IP), with nearly every industry either producing or using IP. Swedish innovative industries are also export-dependent and very deeply integrated in the global economy, through active participation in global value chains. At the same time, the threats of counterfeiting and piracy are growing – and Sweden is vulnerable. This report measures the direct economic effects of counterfeiting on Swedish industry, government and consumers. It examines both the impact of the imports of fake products to Sweden and – more importantly – the impact of the global trade in fake products that infringe on the IP rights of Swedish innovative companies.

English Also available in: Swedish

The economic context of counterfeiting and piracy

Illicit trade in fake goods Counterfeit and pirated goods are defined as goods that infringe trademarks, copyrights, patents or design rights. is a longstanding problem that keeps growing in scope and magnitude. These practices have negative effects on the sales and profits of affected firms while raising adverse revenue, economic, health, safety and security effects for governments and consumers. Organised criminal groups are seen as playing an increasingly important role in these activities, benefiting significantly from highly profitable counterfeiting and piracy operations.

English Also available in: Swedish

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