Indonesia's IPO investigation team has published its latest figures about enforcement raids. It still makes disappointing reading that only 9 raids have taken place in 2015 so far. The police probably handle a few more, but they do not publish and due to their reputation for demanding operational costs for economic crimes, few IP holders can use them.
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Comparative data from elsewhere isn't always ways to find. So how do we measure Indonesia's 17-34 raids per year - lets say 50 if we include police raids.
In the Philippines they measure the number of products seized. This always sounds better because they can talk of millions of dollars, but basing fake values on real values isn't entirely accurate. That said the Philippines enforcement bodies say they will seize over P13 billion ($287.57 million) worth of fakes in 2015. On July 7 Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) announced this target. In the first 6 months of 2015, Philippines authorities have seized some P775 million ($17.15 million) worth of counterfeit and pirated CDs, DVDs, books, medicine, designer bags, shoes, and other items. This does not exclude FDA (Food and Drugs Administration) and Bureau of Customs data which was not yet included. Whilst they don't say how many raids this took, the expectation is that it would have been thousands of cases, because Thai data does break both out.
Thailand's police publish statistics on all raids by all departments. In 2014 the data shows:
Trademarks - 5,974 cases - 817,792 items seized
Copyrights - 3,592 cases - 308,235 items seized
It is hard to know what calculation would be needed to value the goods, but assuming say 25 USD a product that would take the value to USD28 million. The Thai data doesn't include Customs, but they seized hundreds of thousands of products in 2014 too.
What this analysis shows is that Thailand and Philippines are operating enforcement systems that seize4 large quantities f products through thousands of raids each year. Indonesia's enforcement therefore in comparison is almost non existent.