Half a trillion dollars.
That’s the rough amount of money that counterfeiters displaced last year by selling phony products. Some 2.5% of all trade is for fake goods.
The United States is hit hardest by the scourge of counterfeit products — U.S. brands accounted in 2013 for 20% of the world’s infringed intellectual property.
When most people think about counterfeiting, they think of knock-off Louis Vuitton handbags sold on the sidewalk…