12th June 2014

Fake goods: how many are actually out there?

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12th June 2014

Fake goods: how many are actually out there?


Perhaps unsurprisingly, a lot. A new report published by the UK IP crime group yesterday sheds some light as it details the extent of intellectual property crime in the UK over the last year. Here are just some of the eye-watering statistics:

  • The City of London intellectual property crime unit has been investigating nearly £30 million worth of IP crime since September and nearly 2,400 “.co.uk” domains have been suspended
  • £12.2m fake/unlicensed medicines were seized in the UK
  • 1.6m links to copyright infringing books were taken down – this quadrupled from 2012
  • 72m links to infringing digital material were removed
  • The top five counterfeit goods investigated by Trading Standards are clothing, cigarettes/tobacco, alcohol, footwear and DVDs

If you are interested in reading the report, it can be found here.