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News from customs and authorities

German customs: Sharp increase in seizure value in 2022

In 2022, German customs has once again recorded a surge in the total value of counterfeits seized. The annual report shows that certain industries are particularly affected – and that the transport routes for counterfeits might be shifting.

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Economy news

Mercedes-Benz sees rise in counterfeits traded online

Together with authorities, the car manufacturer Mercedes‑Benz removed around 1.6 million counterfeit products from circulation last year. However, the company is encountering much more offers for counterfeit products on social media and online platforms than before.

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Know-how and tips

PATINFO2023 looks at IP protection of the future

Join the discussion at PATINFO2023 about optimization opportunities for IP protection in times of digitization and artificial intelligence. And gain insights into processes and approaches used in practice as well as current legal developments.

Recent studies

Study: Small companies often strongly affected by counterfeiting

A new analysis by EUIPO and OECD shows that counterfeiting can have serious consequences for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). However, many SMEs do not enforce their IP rights – often for one important reason.

Chemical and pharma industries go for innovative brand protection

Companies from these sectors are often strongly affected by counterfeiting – and give a high priority to innovative measures such as brand protection communications and track & trace. This is illustrated by a current analysis based on the Brand Protection Study conducted by Arvato Systems and Karg und Petersen.

Study analyzes online marketplaces in Europe

More than half of the major European online marketplaces have no dedicated measures against counterfeiting, according to a recent study. For brand protection, the diversified e‑commerce landscape also poses further challenges.

News from legislation and politics

EU Commission eyes ambitious customs reform

With its new customs reform, the EU Commission wants to better harmonize the activities of customs authorities and impose stricter regulations on online trade. The comprehensive reform plans could well have an impact on the fight against counterfeiting in the European Union.

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News in brief

Major seizures in Germany and Austria – news in brief

Raids against counterfeiters in Stuttgart // Online trade with counterfeit goods uncovered in Hesse // Customs seizes counterfeits on A8 motorway // Vienna: Tens of thousands of counterfeits intercepted // Customs active at ISH sanitary trade fair

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