Publiceret: 05.04.2018Af Karen Witt Olsen mail
Even if a Danish company wins a civil lawsuit over counterfeiting of their product, infringement of their trademark or copyright, they are still liable for a portion of the costs. According to Professor of Law at the University of Copenhagen Thomas Riis, it is therefore costly for companies to defend themselves against counterfeiters.
According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), counterfeit products constitute approximately 2.5 per cent of global trade, and in the EU alone, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) estimates that five per cent of all goods that enter the Union are counterfeits—worth nearly DKK 700 billion.
“Denmark’s raw material is its ability to invent and develop unique and safe products. When criminals copy a company’s products, they are stealing that raw material while also ignoring everything right from product safety and work environment to research and taxes.”
On Kampmannsgade in Copenhagen, the government’s countermove is taking shape: A new task force under the Danish fraud squad, the State Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime (SØIK).
There are not yet figures for how many companies have filed a case with the new IP task force, but two companies welcome the new opportunities.
OneCollection A/S, which manufactures designer furniture by Finn Juhl, among others, and is copied all over the world, is a cautious optimist.