Evaluating the business of counterfeiting has been and always will be a difficult task.

It is indeed a market which operates outside the legal commercial logics: it doesn’t draw up any financial reports, it doesn’t pay any taxes, and it doesn’t provide data on the enormous profits it generates.

Probably the evaluations are even too cautious: the direct damages, the impoverishment of businesses which work hard on innovation, the employment’s decrease and the social and health harm caused by counterfeiting are just some of the aspects which are raising the stake. Not to mention the tight link between counterfeiting and organised crime.

Counterfeiting is a crime against Intellectual Property, which is the main engine for the economy of developed countries. The transformation from the economy of doing to the economy of creating determines the growing importance of intellectual works, which must be protected from the more and more aggressive damages threatening them.


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Il commercio di beni contraffatti e l’economia Italiana – Tutelare la Proprietà Intellettuale dell’Italia (2018)Fonte: OCSE   

Trade in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods: Mapping the Economic Impact (2016)Fonte : OCSE / EUIPO 

Trade in Counterfeit Goods and Free Trade Zones (2018)Fonte : OCSE / EUIPO 

Mapping the Real Routes of Trade in Fake Goods (2017)Fonte : OCSE / EUIPO 

Report on the EU customs enforcement of intellectual property rights: Results at the EU border, 2017 (2018)Fonte : European Union 

Intellectual property rights intensive industries and economic performance in the European Union (2016)Fonte : EUIPO 

Impatto della contraffazione e della pirateria: Studi settoriali (2015)Fonte : EUIPO 

La contraffazione: dimensioni,  caratteristiche e approfondimenti (2016) – Fonte : MISE / CENSIS 

La contraffazione come attività gestita dalla criminalità organizzata transnazionale – il caso italiano (2012) – Fonte : MISE / UNICRI 

Counterfeiting & terrorism (2016)Fonte : UNIFAB 

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