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Authorities destroyed thousands of counterfeit products.

In a grand ceremony organized by Thailand’s Department of Intellectual Property, a staggering array of counterfeit goods valued at over $16 million met a spectacular end in Bangkok. Among the sacrificial offerings to the shredder and crusher were imitation Rolex watches, counterfeit Louis Vuitton handbags, and even faux cosmetics. The purpose of this dramatic display was to showcase Thailand’s unwavering commitment to safeguarding intellectual property rights and to instill confidence in its efforts to combat the rampant counterfeit culture.

Among the bogus items laid to rest, some bore the names of illustrious French luxury brands like Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel. The global counterfeit market, an astounding $464 billion behemoth, knows no bounds, infiltrating diverse sectors, from luxury goods and heavy industry to food, pharmaceuticals, and cutting-edge robotics.

The repercussions of this rampant counterfeiting are far-reaching, with the European economy suffering an annual loss of a staggering €83 billion in sales. This economic drain also translates into the indirect loss of a whopping 670,000 jobs and a significant €15 billion in foregone taxes and social security contributions. It’s a sobering reminder of the pervasive impact of counterfeit goods on economies worldwide.

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