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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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The importance of the ICT sector and threats posed by counterfeiting

The information and communications technology (ICT) sector is important and rapidly growing, accounting for 5.5% of the OECD’s total value added in 2013, equivalent to about USD 2.4 trillion. This chapter provides the economic context for the sector, including the universal strong and growing recent demand for ICT goods, and the sector’s transformational potential. It explores reasons behind the prevalence for counterfeiting in the sector, as well as outlining some of the threats this poses.

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