Europol: Situation Report on Counterfeiting and Piracy in EU

31 August 2017

Europol and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) have published the 2017 situation report on counterfeiting in Europe. This report finds that EU-based criminal gangs involved in distributing counterfeit goods rely predominantly on manufacturers based abroad. The majority of counterfeit goods come from China. Some counterfeiters, however, manufacture directly within the EU’s borders using fake labels and packaging imported from outside the EU.
Counterfeit goods are increasingly distributed via online marketplaces. Products sold on the internet are usually distributed in small parcels via postal and express freight services (Press release Europol, 22 June 2017).
Click here for the full press release.
Click here to download the 2017 Situation Report on Counterfeiting and Piracy in the European Union (4.75 MB).

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