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.



The study scope, definitions and rationale

This case study identifies and quantifies the categories of information and communications technology (ICT) products affected by counterfeiting, and charts and analyses the evolution of counterfeit trade routes in terms of origins, key transit points and destinations. It also explores methodologies and techniques that could be used to improve the measurement of the magnitude of counterfeit trade in the ICT sector. This chapter defines some key terms used in the report, including ICT and counterfeiting, and introduces some of the threats posed by the trade in fake ICT products and components.


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