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Website blocking and anti-counterfeiting – new weapon or flash in the pan?

By Ann Ford, Ulrike Grübler and Melinda Upton

Originally developed to target internet service providers hosting websites with pirated content, website blocking orders have occasionally been applied to websites selling counterfeit goods. Could they be a powerful new weapon for brand owners?

Two new studies published by the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) – now the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) – reveal that €3.5 billion per year is lost as a result of fake jewellery, watches, handbags and luggage in the European Union alone. This is equivalent to between 12% and 13% of sales and translates to 27,000 jobs, directly as a result of...

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