Sep 27, 2012
Trends of globalisation, the integration of markets and the rise of the Internet economy have made that violations of intellectual property rights (IPRs), such as counterfeiting or Internet piracy, have become more widespread. While there is no shortage of estimates of the scale and impacts of these infringements, there is little consensus on their accuracy or reliability. In absence of a robust evidence base, it is difficult to debate the effectiveness of government efforts to regulate IPRs or address the impacts of infringements.
This study was set up to assist the European Commission in the development of a methodology that would quantify the scope, scale and impact of IPR infringements on the European economy. In this report we offer the ‘building blocks' for such a methodology that strives to be consistent, robust, feasible and reliable in measuring the scale of this phenomenon.
Based on an extensive review of the literature, we propose a methodology for measuring trends of the lost revenues due to IPR infringements in markets of counterfeited products. While the methodology presents a promising approach to the problem, a number challenges remain and it needs further testing. The report offers a number of suggestions for next steps to take this approach to the next level.
Defining IPRs and their infringement
The drivers, scale and impacts of IPR infringements
What existing methods can teach us
Testing a new approach for estimating the scale of IPR infringements
The challenges of measuring IPR infringements
Applicability of the model to unauthorised use of protected content
Next steps towards measuring IPR infringements
A detailed review of approaches to measure IPR infringements
Non-technical description of a new method to measure IPR infringements
Road map for implementing additional pilots of the RAND Model