Nobody knows exactly, but probably the first counterfeit dates back since the introduction of the coin in human society. Romans made a series of counterfeits, later on called "legal", by making coins of copper silvered. Roman soldiers fighting in enemy territories were paid with these coins. If they were to be taken prisoners, they did not want to lose gold or silver this way! (...) details... In countries where democracy and market economy are currently strengthening, countries that were led by dictatorial regimes or centralized economies, freedom has lead to a real explosion on the market of services and large consume goods. Taking into account that the legislation for the protection of intellectual property rights and trademarks in these countries appears and is strengthening with time, the state's control bodies do not always manage to fight efficiently against counterfeiting. Cosmetic products, medicines, textiles, food, cellular phones, music or software CDs, spare parts for motor vehicles, these represent a multitude of counterfeited products, thrown on the market, under renowned trademarks, for attractive prices. Who is losing from the sale of these counterfeited products? (...) details...

Interview with Mr. Dan Docan

" President of the Romanian Anticounterfeiting Association   The idea to establish an anticounterfeiting association is yours entirely. How did it take shape and how long was the road to its concretization? " details...

Warning

" After the accession to the European Union, large companies will have the possibility to claim compensations for counterfeiting from the State. After the accession to the European Union, Romania will have to pay fro" details...

Argument


The poisonous consequences of counterfeiting are well-known. It sufficient to remind the damages caused to tax collection, dangers to health and security and, last but not least, victim customers. Although it is difficult to establish statistic data on counterfeiting, it is known that, worldwide, the total cost of this phenomenon amounts to 5 – 8% of the international trade.

In the current economic conditions, the counterfeiting of industrial goods became a blossoming business. This situation was influenced by technical, economic, social, political and geographical factors. Because they depend on prices and incomes, economic factors are of most importance. In this context, the manufacturers and traders of counterfeit products carrying trademarks of established companies are after big earnings. The counterfeit deluxe and art object of value – art furniture, watches, jewelleries, represent the most profitable source. Also highly profitable are counterfeits of industrial goods traded in large quantities. The manufacture of competitive products by cutting costs favours counterfeiting and the depreciation of quality.
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