TM Eye - The fight against Counterfeit and Piracy

TM Eye™ was founded in 2003 to fight against the manufacture and illegal import, export and sale of counterfeit and pirated goods in Europe.
 
TM Eye is a non-profit organisation that works on behalf of international trade mark owners to provide monitoring, reporting, and seizure of counterfeit and pirated goods.
 
Liaising closely with police, customs and government departments across Europe, TM Eye takes civil actions on behalf of its clients against those found manufacturing or trading in these illegal goods.
 
The effectiveness of TM Eye in their fight against counterfeit and pirated products is regularly demonstrated by the successful seizure of illegal goods and the subsequent conviction of the criminals responsible for their production, movement, and illegal sale.



Ermou Street, Athens (click image to enlarge)

 

Who benefits from TM Eye?


Clients of TM Eye include well-known manufacturers of brand named, high class, luxury goods such as designer label clothes, handbags, perfumes and watches, as well as producers of computer software, DVDs, and alcoholic spirits.  The list of counterfeit and pirated goods increases by the day and now includes medical equipment, pharmaceuticals, and a vast array of other everyday items – the list is endless.  

TM Eye’s reputation for effective action against those operating illegally in the European market place is growing rapidly and this is evidenced by the continued increase in the number of successful seizures of these illegal goods.

How big is the problem?

Latest figures (2008) for counterfeiting and piracy suggest that sales of illegal goods exceeded more than US$176 billion worldwide. Sales of illegal goods are growing daily in ‘on-street’ sales, traditional markets, postal sales and retail shops, and the sale of counterfeit and pirated goods on the Internet has grown alarmingly from 2007. 
 
The effect on brand owners in lost revenue is substantial, and their losses are compounded by reducing the ‘exclusive’ value of their original products.   In Europe alone, EU Customs seized more than 400 million counterfeit and pirated goods in 2008,  in a total of more than 36,000 cases actioned by the authorities.
 
It is thought much of the money raised by counterfeiting and piracy is used to support other illegal activities.