The most recent statistics available from European customs authorities show that the number of counterfeit goods on the market continues to increase. The number of products suspected of infringing IP rights and being detained pursuant to the EU Customs Regulation (1383/03) by European customs authorities rose by 126% – from 79 million items in 2007 to 178 million in 2008. The number of border detentions made during the same period increased by 13%, from 43,671 cases to 49,381.


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