OECD-EUIPO Misuse of e-commerce for trade in counterfeits
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OECD-EUIPO Misuse of e-commerce for trade in counterfeits

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Oct 25, 2021
OECD-EUIPO Misuse of e-commerce for trade in counterfeits

In recent years the OECD and the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) have been gathering evidence on various aspects of this risk. The results have been published in a set of factual reports starting with Trade in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods: Mapping the Economic Impact (2016). The results have since been deepened, elaborated and updated in subsequent reports, including Misuse of Small Parcels for Trade in Counterfeit Goods: Facts and Trends (2018), Trends in Trade in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods (2019) and Global Trade in Fakes: A Worrying Threat (2021). Throughout the reports, the issue of abuse of e-commerce by criminals running networks of trade in counterfeit goods was constantly present. The issue of the misuse of the on-line environment has become particularly alarming during the COVID-19 pandemic, when law enforcement has detected increasing volumes of various e-crimes.

The present report uses a tailored, statistical methodology to gauge the degree of abuse of the on-line environment in the context of trade in counterfeit goods. It also provides key highlights of government actions and industry initiatives to counter this risk. Such analysis is critical; not only for a better understanding of this threat, but also for developing effective governance responses to support post-COVID recovery.


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