A counterfeit is an illegal copy of an original. Counterfeiters try to imitate the characteristics, material or look of a legally protected product. Their aim is to take advantage of the reputation of the original, which is founded on a trade mark, an indication of source (such as "Swiss Made"), a design or a patent.
Piracy is the illegal copying of works such as music, computer software and films. If films, music, books or images are used without a license, this is called piracy. It is the infringement of copyright and related rights.
Counterfeiting and piracy have long been an industry-wide problem of global proportions affecting many Swiss companies. Not only does it harm large corporations, but also countless small and medium-sized companies who have worked hard to carve out their place in the market through their innovation and creativity.
Harmonisation and partial revision of guidelines as of 1 July 2023
Conference on Intellectual Property & Sustainability at the University of Geneva
Symposium: "Best practices in the fight against counterfeiting & piracy – NFTs not your cup of tea? Well, they should: NFTs as a new way of fighting counterfeiting and piracy"