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.
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
Online Counterfeiting Issues and Enforcement in China
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.
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.