The EU Intellectual Property Office has released an analysis report on its operation ‘Fake Star’ “The sale of counterfeit clothes, shoes and accessories in the EU: a profitable market for criminals and a transnational phenomenon” that ran from March 2022 to February 2023.
Ireland was one of 17 member states that participated in the operation as part of the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats (‘EMPACT’). Non-EU countries that participated were Ukraine, the United Kingdom and Serbia and there was involvement from the private and public sectors in relation to the clothing and shoe industries, financial service providers, associations, police forces, judicial authorities, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency and the European Anti-Fraud Office.
Some key findings of the report include:
This report highlights the importance of availing of the Irish and EU intellectual property protection framework for your business. Enforcement of IP rights has teeth and brings results.
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