Counterfeiting and piracy is the intentional imitation of a trademark, a work protected by copyright, a design, a patent or a utility model. The purpose of the imitation is usually to deceive the consumer to believe that it is an original product.
Producers of counterfeit and pirated goods are becoming increasingly more professional, and it can be difficult to distinguish the fakes from the originals. Earlier, IPR crime mainly involved luxury goods, but today all types of products are copied - eg also washing powder, batteries and medicines. It is illegal to produce and sell counterfeit and pirated products and in some cases also illegal to buy them.
Here, you will find a guide on;
- why not to buy counterfeit and pirated products
- when is it illegal to buy fake products
- which precautions can you take to avoid fake products
- and what you can do, if you discover that you bought a fake product?