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Title: Produkt- und Markenpiraterie in der Investitionsgüterindustrie 2008
Author: [Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau]


Year: 2008


Subject/Type: Counterfeiting
Focus: Mechanical / Electrical Engineering
Country/Territory: Germany
Objective: To evaluate the extent to which the German mechanical engineering industry is affected by product and trademark piracy, and to learn about countermeasures taken.
Sample: 241 Germany-based mechanical engineering companies
Methodology: Survey

Main Findings

In 2008, 68% of Germany-based mechanical engineering companies were affected by counterfeiting (2007: 67%; 2006: 66%). Counterfeiting concerned whole machines (reported by 52% of counterfeiting victims), machine components (50%), and machine spare parts (32%). Patents and Trademarks were the most often abused intellectual property rights (IPR). Almost two in three companies (64%) believed that counterfeiting is on the increase, while just 4% saw a decreasing threat from counterfeiting.

Most counterfeits are believed to come from China (with 71% of affected companies naming China as country of origin). Other sources named were: Germany (19%), Italy (14%), Taiwan (12%), India (11%), and South Korea (10%). Surveyed companies indicated that the most important markets for counterfeits were China (named by 46%), Europe (15%), and the world market (14%).

The most common methods to detect counterfeits were: own market intelligence (helped 75% detect counterfeits), trade fairs (60%), customers (46%), and the Internet (28%). When counterfeiting occurred, 56% of companies took legal measures. 53% publicised violations and informed their customers. 21% sought help from associations, authorities and politicians. Preventive anti-counterfeiting measures taken were: IPR registration (used by 75%), careful choice of cooperation partners (58%), and secrecy (53%). 56% use technical copy protections.

[Date Added: Nov 20, 2008 ]