The recently launched, IPO IP Crime Report, highlights current and emerging counterfeiting, piracy and IP infringement threats, in the UK and overseas. It is a salutary reminder that this is an issue that is not going away. It also includes examples of Trading Standards successful cases.
The 2018-2019 Report can be read here.
The ACID case studies and report can be viewed on Page 22.
Trading Standards cases can be read here.
Chief Constable Giles York, QPM IP Crime Group Chair said, “The publication of this year’s annual IP Crime and Enforcement Report provides ample evidence of the corrosive effect organised crime has on businesses and communities; specifically, in connection with the trade in counterfeit and illicit goods. Intellectual Property Crime is a gesture of organised crime and highly profitable, accounting for almost 4% of UK imports (£9.3 billion in value) and more importantly accounts for £4 billion in lost tax revenue and 60,000 UK jobs.”
Dids Macdonald, OBE., CEO of ACID said, “It has only been since 2014 when the intentional infringement of IP Crime became a criminal offence, that ACID has been included in the IP Crime Group discussions which, in some ways makes a nonsense of the law. All design theft, whether registered or unregistered, should be considered a crime. However, we are grateful to be a part of this national conversation to raise awareness through compelling case studies such as BaBaBing against Aldi and ThisisNessie against a myriad of online theft infringements. The fight goes on, but a united voice is a stronger voice and ACID is pleased to be able to benefit from the intel this group provides.”
Top findings for the year, show millennial’s are the most likely of all age groups to fall victim to counterfeit scams. Around half of 25 to 34-year-olds buy fake electrical goods online unintentionally.
According to Trading Standards, the most counterfeited or pirated products are tobacco, clothing, cosmetics, and footwear.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) states, the global trade in counterfeit vehicle-related parts is now worth a colossal $10 billion.
The Anti-Crime Group collaboration has led to positive results:
- 32,813 website domains have been suspended for criminal activity compared to 16,632 the previous year.
- Over the past ten years more than 500 UK markets have committed to be ‘fake free’.
- The Premier League removed or blocked over 210,000 live streams and over 360,000 clips of matches in season 2018 to 2019.
IPO activity supporting the IP Crime Group collaboration has led to several success stories:
- The IPO’s global network of attachés has dealt with IP cases worth over £115 million in potential lost revenue. Between November 2012 and March 2019 IPO attachés gave one-to-one direct support to nearly 2,000 UK businesses on individual IP issues. They have hosted over 1,000 business outreach and education events. At these, they reached over 31,000 UK exporters operating in overseas markets.
- More than 33,000 businesses have benefited from interaction and support from the IPO.
The IPO’s next report will evaluate consumer attitudes to counterfeit goods. It will be published in November 2019.