Report indicates distribution of counterfeit and pirated goods on the rise in the EU

Author: Sara Moran
Published: 21.03.2022
Photo by Volodymyr Hryshchenko on Unsplash Europol and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) have recently jointly published an Intellectual Property Crime Threat Assessment. This report explores piracy and counterfeiting and is based on data from across the EU as well as Europol’s operational information. The report concludes that piracy and counterfeiting continue to pose a serious threat to the health and wellbeing of consumers and to the European economy. In particular, the data shows that imports of counterfeit and pirated goods reached EUR 119 billion in 2019, representing 5.8% of all goods entering the EU. The EUIPO summary notes that the…