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Intellectual property crime and enforcement in Australia

Research and public policy series no. 94

ISBN 978 1 921185 89 2 ISSN 1326-6004
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, October 2008


This report deals with the nature and extent of intellectual property crime in Australia, its organisation, social and economic impacts, and the efficacy of responses through legislation, law enforcement and criminal prosecution. The importation and domestic manufacture of counterfeit goods by both the public and transnational organised crime groups attract response strategies that encompass surveillance, regulatory mechanisms and litigation. The report calls for better understanding of the impact of IP crime through monitoring and intelligence gathering, research into enforcement and prosecution activities, and econometric cost modelling, using educational, good practice and legislative reform initiatives.