The aim was to raise issues of attitudes, intellectual property rights and infringement of intellectual property rights and to discuss the social, economic and environmental consequences of piracy and the use and distribution of counterfeit goods.
From an economic perspective, pirated and counterfeit products are a problem for both the affected companies as for society. In addition, consumers run the risk of being deceived and also receiving a product that may be dangerous to their health. The production, transport, distribution and consumption of copies also pose a major threat to our common and future environment. In the long term, it is about how we can change purchasing behaviour and attitudes towards buying copies and non-durable products.
The seminar brought together experts from the EU in the field of intellectual property rights to discuss the problem of the increasing trade in copied products. Among the speakers on site in Stockholm were State Secretary Sara Modig, EUIPO's Deputy Executive Director Andrea Di Carlo as well as representatives from industry, authorities and other stakeholders.