18 December 2011

Manchester wins "counterfeit" capital of the UK

I woke up this morning to read the unfortunate accolade bestowed on the city I am based in as Manchester and neighbouring Salford are declared top of the list for fakes in the UK.

This area is the traditional centre of the nation's textile trade so this news will be partly unsurprising.

It's notable that the article indicates that authorities have reduced their levels of enforcement against counterfeit goods in the last year as part of a wider issue of government cutbacks. IP owners will be aware that they cannot merely rely on the authorities and must make efforts themselves to tackle counterfeiting.