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World markets wage war on global piracy and counterfeiting

Officials display counterfeit products from electronics to clothing, shoes, perfume and even cigarettes that are sold cheaply for pennies on the dollar. Most counterfeiters are from the Orient who distribute their products to merchants globally.

Newscast Media WASHINGTON—”Trademark counterfeiting and copyright piracy on a
commercial scale cause significant financial losses for rights holders and legitimate
businesses,” the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) asserts in a new
report that identifies select online and physical marketplaces that engage in and
facilitate substantial piracy and counterfeiting.

USTR Michael Froman announced five days ago the findings of the 2013 Out-of-Cycle
Review of Notorious Markets, which identifies markets around the world that harm
businesses and undermine workers through the infringement of intellectual property
rights (IPR).

The annual review identifies both online and physical marketplaces engaging in
commercial-scale IPR infringement. Publication of this report helps the United States
and its trade partners prioritize enforcement of the intellectual property rights that
protect job-supporting innovation and creativity around the world.


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