Chinese Companies Turn the Tables

Not only do Chinese companies register property rights for their intellectual property on a massive scale, but also have their measures of enforcement become more aggressive. The majority of cases brought to Chinese IP courts do not involve, as one might assume, Western companies that defend their IP rights against Chinese forgers, but litigations between… Continue reading Chinese Companies Turn the Tables

Watch List for Fake Markets

Brussels plans a watch list for marketplaces outside the EU that continuously offer platforms for the infringement on intellectual property, counterfeiting, or any forms of trademark and product piracy. This watch list is part of the Commission’s complex strategy for the IP enforcement, announced in 2017. The focus will lie primarily on online platforms and… Continue reading Watch List for Fake Markets

Counterfeiting Takes Off

Chinese brand and product piracy continues to increase. This is demonstrated not only by our project experience, but also by the new IP statistics issued by the Chinese State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) in the first half of 2017. According to the data, about 25,000 cases… Continue reading Counterfeiting Takes Off

The UAE – a Hub of Chinese Counterfeiting

Chinese counterfeiters act in an increasingly global context. Due to the massive prosecution in China, they relocate their production sites to neighboring countries such as Myanmar, distribute their fakes worldwide via the Internet, and use complicated logistics routes so that their consignments cannot be easily tracked by the authorities in the recipient countries. The free… Continue reading The UAE – a Hub of Chinese Counterfeiting

3D Printing Boosts Product Piracy

The number of cases is growing rapidly, in which original spare parts and components are falsified by means of 3D printing. Counterfeiters use the new technology to copy not only car parts and aircraft components, but also surgical instruments, components for hearing aids and cardiac pacemakers, prostheses and implants such as hip or knee joints,… Continue reading 3D Printing Boosts Product Piracy

Camouflage and Deception: The New Routes of Counterfeiters

Chinese brand and product pirates are increasingly looking for tortuous paths, because investigators are more likely to reconstruct the way of counterfeit products shipped directly from China. In order to obscure the origin of the fakes, they deliver their products to final recipients through as many countries and borders as possible with the help of… Continue reading Camouflage and Deception: The New Routes of Counterfeiters

E-waste and Counterfeiting

Since last year, the Basel Action Network (BAN) has been continuously working on an e-Trash Transparency Project. It found that recycling companies in the US continue to export hazardous e-trash to Asia. Their latest data reveal 16 more instances of exports to developing countries involving 7 companies, most of which make public claims of never… Continue reading E-waste and Counterfeiting