Today, more than ever, we rely on our ideas and innovation to deliver vital services, new products and technologies.
Intellectual property rights protect our creativity in these areas, helping to create jobs and future prosperity.
Legitimate businesses are not the only ones to realise the value and importance of IP. Manufacturers and sellers of fake products are out to deceive consumers. They care little about the damage done to our economies and businesses or the fact that our families may be placed at risk.
Here, Observatory stakeholders provide useful advice for business and consumers.
What to do if someone infringes your rights
These two websites provide useful information.
If you have bought a fake product, you can get consumer advice from the Consumer Information Centre Network.
Moreover, we have provided a searchable directory of key contact points that you can use for expert advice and information.
Background information to help you understand intellectual property
Information on the risks associated with buying and using fake products and how to avoid them
Websites where you can find legitimate products online
Advice from business experts on the importance of protecting your IP
Awareness-raising material and guidelines produced by Observatory stakeholders and other IP partners
Interactive map with facts and figures