Look back on the past year with some of the most interesting articles of the last months. The highlights of 2020 gather some spectacular cases, background reports and studies from Covid-19 to organized crime, as well as far-reaching legal decisions.

As the year 2020 is drawing to a close, we would like to thank you for your extraordinarily strong interest over the past months. As a short retrospective, we have selected some highlights from the various interesting news and background reports of the past months – we hope you enjoy reading them!

Your favorites of 2020

These articles have been among our most interesting posts for you in the past year:


Covid-19 disrupts counterfeiting – and brand protection
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has led to a slump in the production of counterfeits in China. However, as law enforcement agencies and anti-counterfeiting service providers were also not performing as usual, there are warnings of new risks for brand owners.
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Multi-million counterfeiting ring operates under the nose of brand owner
A recent report shows how a counterfeiting syndicate generated an estimated 20 million euros in profits with fakes of the luxury brand Hermès. The criminals operated in France in immediate proximity to the brand owner – and with the help of insiders.
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US: Inquiry gives insights into counterfeiters’ methods
Fake products worth several hundred million euros are said to have been smuggled from China to the USA by a counterfeiting network over many years. A lawsuit in New York is now offering insights into the presumed methods of operation and transport of the counterfeiters.
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Editors’ picks of 2020

If you ask us, these articles are also among 2020’s highlights:


Study shows links between IP infringements and organized crime
A new report by Europol highlights the link between trademark infringements and other, serious crimes. Numerous current case studies from the EU show how counterfeiting activities and other crimes are linked and how criminals operate.
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CJEU: Amazon not liable as offender for storing/shipping for third parties
Amazon is not liable as offender for IP infringements by third parties if the company stores and ships the infringing goods for them. This has now been decided by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), which thus differed from the assessment of the Advocate General.
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Daimler reports 1.6 million seized counterfeits in 2019
The car manufacturer Daimler is taking decisive action against counterfeit car parts, as impressive figures for 2019 show. Next to cooperating with authorities, the Stuttgart-based corporation also makes use of targeted prevention and communications.
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Additionally, numerous of our posts on social media received great attention, e.g. covering our articles about counterfeits on Black Friday, an employee involved in counterfeiting, and a study that found billions of losses in mechanical engineering due to counterfeiting. Join the discussion – for example directly on the LinkedIn page of our Anti-Piracy Analyst.

The next edition of our newsletter will be published in January 2022. The entire Anti-Piracy Analyst team wishes you a happy holiday season and a good start to the new year 2021. Take care and stay healthy!

Source: Karg und Petersen Agentur für Kommunikation GmbH