The Swiss economy is innovative and knowledge-intensive. Consequently, it relies heavily
on intellectual property rights. Swiss industries are also export-oriented and solidly
integrated in the global economy. At the same time, the threats of counterfeiting
and piracy are growing, and Swiss industries are vulnerable. This report measures
the direct economic effects of counterfeiting on Swiss industry and the Swiss government.
It estimates the impact of the global trade in fake products that pose as “Swiss made”
in terms of lost jobs, forgone profits and lower tax revenues.