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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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Trade in counterfeit ICT goods: Conclusion

The findings of the quantitative assessment of the trade in counterfeit information and communications technology (ICT) products detailed in this report have serious implications for businesses, consumers and governments. This concluding chapter summarises the key implications and proposes some next steps for policy makers as part of their efforts to counter illicit trade.

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