the conclusions of the ICC Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau's 2002
International Anti-Counterfeiting Directory, a one-stop information resource to
aid companies in the worldwide fight against fakes.
Director Peter Lowe says: "The range of products affected is virtually
endless - designer clothing, music, software, food, watches, liquor, aircraft
spare parts, pharmaceuticals, including the male potency drug Viagra."
a company's products have health and safety implications, suppressing
counterfeiting and devising effective product protection are not an option but
a necessity," Mr Lowe adds. "One of the most worrying feature of
present trends is the high incidence of fake medicines that can kill."
lists recent cases: a face cream sold in Thailand containing a prohibited
chemical with severe side effects, counterfeits of an AIDS treatment
circulating in the United States, cancer-causing counterfeit rice in China, and
60 deaths in Estonia from drinking illicit vodka.
says: "It is notoriously difficult to form an estimate of the sums
involved in product counterfeiting, but the figures certainly run to tens of
billions of dollars. For many years, specialists in the fight against
counterfeiting have quoted a figure of between 5% and 7% of world trade, but
this is impossible to verify.
industries suffer well above average levels of intellectual property theft, in
particular the music and computer software industries."
evidence of the growing involvement of organized crime and links between
counterfeiting and the bankrolling of terrorism to back a call for more
vigorous government action against "this damaging brand of economic
Counterfeiting Intell igence Bureau is part of ICC Commercial Crime Services,
the business community's own crime prevention and detection arm. CIB assists
companies in preventing counterfeiting of their products. It carries out
investigations and provides intelligence.
Anti-Counterfeiting Directory lists law firms specializing in intellectual
property and anti-counterfeiting work, anti-counterfeiting technology
manufacturers, and specialist investigators. A chapter is devoted to advising
companies on how to devise effective anti-counterfeiting strategies.