IPR Infringements: Facts and figures

Every year, the European Commission publishes a report describing the customs detentions of articles suspected of infringing intellectual property rights (IPR), such as trademarks, copyrights and patents.

These statistics, compiled on the basis of the data transmitted by the EU Member States in accordance with Article 31 of Regulation (EU) No 608/2013, of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning customs enforcement of intellectual property rights provide useful information to support the analysis of IPR infringements affecting the EU market and the development of appropriate counter-measures.

Statistics published on 20 July 2017 by the European Commission show a continuation in the high number of articles suspected of violating intellectual property rights. In 2016, more than 63 000 detention cases were registered by Customs.

As far as the over 41 million detained articles are concerned, the value of the equivalent genuine products is estimated to be just over 672 million euro.

Cigarettes remain at the top of the list of detained articles (24%), followed by toys (17%), foodstuff (13%) and packaging material (12%) . Products for daily use (i.e. body care articles, medicines, toys, electrical household goods) accounted for 34.2 % of the total number of detained articles.

China continued to be the main source country from where IPR infringing goods were shipped to the EU but for certain product sectors other countries were the main provenance like Singapore for alcoholic beverages, the Islamic Republic of Iran for clothing accessories, Hong Kong, China for mobile phones and accessories, CD/DVD and vehicles including accessories and parts, and India for medicines.

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