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Counterfeit Manufacturing: China

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what impact counterfeit goods made in China are having on British businesses. (154694)

China does recognise that the intellectual property of companies is being abused, and is committed to addressing the problem. In terms of overall quantities seized, China remains the main source for counterfeit goods imported into the EU, with 79 per cent. of all articles seized by Customs coming from there. However, it should be noted that 60 per cent. of seizures are for counterfeit cigarettes, and in terms of the number of cases, the country breakdown is far more widespread and China only accounts for a third of cases.

We are also conscious that British businesses investing in China may be adversely affected by counterfeiting there. The UK Government continue to raise the issue of intellectual property rights at all levels in all meetings with the Chinese.