~ by Merry Law, President of WorldVu LLC
The European Union has released an interesting report on customs enforcement of intellectual property rights in the EU. (Intellectual property rights or IPR encompasses primarily infringements of copyright, trademark, patent, and proprietary processes or technologies.) In 2011 there were 91,245 cases that involved 114,772,812 articles with a total value of € 1,272,354,795 (approximately US$ 1,635,230,400). This was an increase of slightly more than 14.5% in value and over 11% in the number of articles from 2010, while the number of cases increased by more than 15%.