Trends in Trade in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods

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This study examines the value, scope and trends of trade in counterfeit and pirated goods. First, it presents the overall scale of this trade and discusses which parts of the economy are particularly at risk. Next, it looks at the main economies of origin of fakes in global trade. Finally, it analyses recent trends in terms of changing modes of shipment and the evolution of trade flows.


Counterfeiting – The current landscape

Globalisation, progressing trade facilitation and the rising economic importance of intellectual assets are important drivers of economic growth. This economic importance of intangible assets in the global context has in turn shifted industry and policymakers’ attention onto intellectual property (IP). For modern industries, IP is one of the key value generators and enablers of success in competitive markets and, for policymakers, it plays a crucial role in promoting innovation and driving sustained economic growth.


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