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Counterfeiting - A Multi-Industry and a Consumer Threat

The global manufacture and distribution of counterfeit products is big business. Most consumers are aware of street vendors selling shirts, hats, watches, sunglasses, CDs and videos. However, many consumers may not be aware of the other types of counterfeit products that are, in some countries, flooding the marketplace and displacing genuine products. These 'other' counterfeit goods that are also manufactured and distributed in huge volumes include such everyday products as detergents, shampoo, lotions, batteries and razor blades. Many of these 'other' products pose serious public health and safety risks.

Counterfeiters know no limits. Counterfeit industrial lubricants, foods, auto parts and pharmaceuticals are also made and distributed to consumers and pose significant risks. The International Chamber of Commerce's Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau estimates that trade in counterfeit goods accounts for approximately seven per cent of world trade, equal to hundreds of billions of dollars.


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By Timothy Trainer, President of the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition, Inc. Timothy Trainer has been President of the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition, Inc. (IACC), since September 1999. The IACC promotes effective enforcement of intellectual property through international activities with other associations, national governments and inter-governmental organisations. Timothy's intellectual property experience includes both government (US Patent and Trademark Office; US Customs Service) and private practice (Washington, DC office of Arter & Hadden).
He has written numerous professional articles and two reference books. Timothy received his Law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and has a master of arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh, US. He also carried out postgraduate studies at Keio University, Tokyo, Japan.

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