New report on the interconnection between IPR crime and other types of serious crimes: On 10 June 2020, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and Europol have published a joint report on how IP crime supports the activities of organised criminal gangs. It adds to the growing evidence that counterfeit goods are an attack against society requiring an international response and demonstrates the interconnection between IPR crime and other types of serious crimes.

The case studies presented in the report illustrate how a wide range of different crimes are linked to intellectual property crime, including pharmaceutical crime, drug trafficking, manslaughter, illegal arms possession, forced labour, food fraud, excise duty fraud, VAT fraud, corruption and money laundering.

IP crime is often seen as ‘victimless’ crime, causing relatively ‘little’ harm. However, in addition to causing harm to the economy in general and to companies owning IP (including small and medium sized businesses), in many cases IP crime is committed by organised crime groups and can cause damage to the health and well-being of consumers, the environment and society.

The poly-criminality study can be found here. All documents linked to the Spring Campaign in the fight against counterfeiting and piracy can be found here.  All other Observatory publications can be found here.