New Report Warns of High Counterfeiting and Piracy Costs

A new report from the International Chamber of Commerce’s BASCAP (Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy) initiative and the International Trademark Association (INTA) details the spiraling cost of global intellectual property rights abuses.

The report, titled The Economic Impacts of Counterfeiting and Piracy, estimates that the global economic value of counterfeiting and piracy can reach $2.3 trillion by 2022. Additional costs on social and economic impacts of displaced economic activity, investment and public fiscal losses and criminal enforcement is estimated at $1.9 trillion by 2022.

This report builds on a 2016 report published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the European Union Intellectual Property Office, which estimated the value of international trade in counterfeit and pirated products at $461 billion in 2013, approximately 2.5% of all international trade.

“The Frontier report picks up where the OECD/EUIPO left off,” said BASCAP Director Jeffrey Hardy. “Here we have expanded the scope of the work to examine categories of impacts identified and discussed – but not quantified – by the OECD/EUIPO report. Our objective is to capture the full spectrum of economic harm associated with counterfeiting and piracy.”

The report was launched on February 6 in Hong Kong during INTA’s 2017 Anti-counterfeiting Conference.

Read more on the ICC website.

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