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Trade in Counterfeit ICT Goods

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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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Preface and Foreword

Recent years have witnessed a constant rise in the spread of ICT infrastructure and growing demand for ICT goods worldwide. The development of ICT products is highly knowledge-intensive and the industry relies extensively on intellectual property (IP) rights. Strong, growing demand for ICT goods, coupled with their IP dependence, makes them an attractive target for counterfeiters. Consequently, trade in fake ICT goods gives rise to significant challenges to effective governance, efficient business and the well-being of consumers.

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