While the year 2022 is slowly drawing to a close, we would like to express our sincere thanks to all our readers. Your extraordinarily strong interest over the past months has been both a pleasure and a motivation for us. As a short retrospective, we have selected some highlights from the numerous news and background reports of the past year – we hope you enjoy reading!
Your favorites of 2022
These articles have been among our most interesting posts for you in the past year:
Coordinated by Europol and OLAF, authorities in numerous countries have seized counterfeit and illegal substances worth more than 60 million euros. The Operation Shield II also uncovered illegal production sites – also in Europe.
With 2021’s results, customs in Germany has again registered a dramatic increase in seized counterfeits. The annual customs statistics show a particularly large boom in some industries – and a shift in relevant transport routes.
The new IP Crime Assessment by Europol and EUIPO shows that counterfeiting in the EU is booming, and more and more counterfeiters seem to manufacture fakes within the EU. Also, gangs are increasingly using online channels and are further professionalizing their activities.
Editors’ picks of 2022
If you ask us, these articles are also among 2022’s highlights:
More than one in three young adults in Europe deliberately buys counterfeits, says a recent EUIPO study. This indicates that the share of buyers of fakes has more than doubled recently. One reason is the Covid-19 pandemic – but apparently also a generally high level of acceptance.
Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp – apparently, counterfeiters are increasingly trading fakes via the Meta group’s social media platforms, claims a recent study. In particular, Chinese traders are active on the social networks and generate billions in sales there, it says.
The sharp fall in the value of the Turkish lira is fueling a surge in counterfeits from Turkey. Fakes coming out of Turkey, such as designer clothing and medicines, are now often intercepted at EU borders.
And a highlight on our own behalf
Finally, we would like to mention our recent Brand Protection Study 2022 – with comprehensive facts and figures, the study provides an information-rich overview of the counterfeiting situation in Europe.
Looking for powerful ways to protect their businesses and brands against counterfeiting, many companies are successfully turning to special marketing communications as well as track & trace technologies. This is a result of the comprehensive Brand Protection Study 2022, which has now been published by Arvato Systems and Karg und Petersen.
What’s more, numerous of our posts on social media attracted great attention. We would welcome you to 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 early 2023. The entire Anti-Piracy Analyst team wishes you a happy holiday season and a good start to the new year 2023. Take care and stay healthy!