What is counterfeiting?
Counterfeiting is the illegal production and sale of goods, including packaging, bearing without authorization a trademark which is identical to a validly registered trademark or which cannot be distinguished from such a trademark.
Governments at the national and international level must strengthen anticounterfeiting laws and enforcement, and cooperate more effectively to eliminate linkages between counterfeiting and organized crime and serious threats posed by counterfeiting to the health and safety of consumers, economies and national security.
INTA supports the development and passage of legislation, regulations, and trade agreements throughout the world that increase national and international enforcement mechanisms against counterfeiting. Through the organization’s Anticounterfeiting Committee (ACC) and partnerships with governments and committed associations, INTA emphasizes the importance of strong anticounterfeiting measures and increased awareness of the harms of counterfeiting.
In May 2012, INTA launched its Unreal campaign, an integrated awareness initiative that aims to educate teens about the value of trademarks and the negative effects of counterfeiting. The Unreal campaign will reach out to teens via social media and other relevant channels as well as through direct engagement in schools and with teachers. Please visit our website
and our Facebook page
Unreal campaign brochure
Negotiations for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) have concluded, with the final text made available in December 2010. If adopted, ACTA would be one of the first international agreements designed specifically to combat counterfeiting in a harmonized and coordinated way.
More on ACTA...
Counterfeits on the Internet
The sale of counterfeit goods is a significant issue facing consumers, industry and governments. The Internet heightens the counterfeiting problem as counterfeiters find simplified means and additional channels in the virtual world to promote and sell counterfeits.
With its diverse membership, INTA supported the development of industry led voluntary measures for trademark owners and service providers to use in addressing counterfeits on the Internet. Members including American Express, Discover, eBay, Google, Mastercard, PayPal, Visa and Yahoo! participated in the working groups.
Best Practices for Addressing the Sale of Counterfeits on the Internet
Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy
The Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy is a collaboration between the World Intellectual Property Organization, INTERPOL, the World Customs Organization, INTA and the International Chamber of Commerce’s Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy. The Global Congress works to raise awareness of the problem of counterfeiting and piracy, to develop strategies and identify solutions to the problem.
Register for the Seventh Global Congress to be held in Istanbul, Turkey from April 24-26, 2013. More than 1000 delegates from over 100 countries are expected to attend the Congress. Sponsorship opportunities are available. View the latest program here.
INTA Anticounterfeiting Committee (ACC)
This group of INTA member volunteers evaluates treaties, laws, regulations, procedures and other enforcement mechanisms with respect to anticounterfeiting and enforcement; and advocates policies to advance protection against counterfeiting and infringement; provide anticounterfeiting and enforcement education.
September 2012 ACC Newsletter
April 2013 ACC Newsletter