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Monday, August 21, 2006

NPA Report on IP-related Crimes

On August 17, 2006, the National Police Agency issued a status report on economic crimes.

According to the report, in the first half of 2006 the number of intellectual property infringement crackdown was 254 cases with 394 arrestees, which is the historic high.

Here are the summary of the report.
- The number shows a significant increase since 2002.
- 30% are Internet-related cases, among which 90% are Internet auction-related ones.
- As to trademark counterfeit, store sales, street sales, and Internet sales each occupy 40%, 40% and 30%.
- Most of the counterfeit brand products are smuggled from China, Korea or other Asian countries.
- As to copyright piracy, Internet auction and store sales share 40%, respectively.

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