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.
Daren Tang appointed as next WIPO Director General
26.05.2020 | Partners and initiatives
Tailor-made IP strategies – SEF4KMU virtual networking lunch on 4 June 2020
20.05.2020 | Law and policy
The USA welcomes the partial revision of the Swiss Copyright Act
28.04.2020 | Partners and initiatives
Young researchers convince experts with their projects
08.11.2019 | Event
Symposium on Creative Approaches to Improving Access to Medicines Globally
Roundtable on the protection of computer-implemented inventions