• 8.3% of the smartphones sold in 2015 were forgeries.
  • the figure throughout the world multiplies to 45.300 million euros.
  • the forgeries caused loss of 21.3% of sales in Africa of the 19.6 in Latin America, of the 17.4 in Arab countries and the 15.6 in China.


the companies of smart phones (smartphones ) lost by 2015 in Europe a total of 4,200 million euros 8.3% of sales in the sector, because of counterfeiting of devices.

and a report of the Office of intellectual property of the EU (team), concludes it based in Alicante, in collaboration with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), pointing to the figure throughout the world multiplies until the 45.300 million euros (12.9% of legitimate sales).

during 2015, were sold around the world 1,300 million smart phones which means that about one in every six inhabitants of the planet acquired one of these devices to an average price of 275 euros.

the conclusions of the report analysed the number of smartphones sold in 90 countries from all regions of the world, from the monitoring of purchases of consumers at the point of sale, and says that the pirated units amounted to 184 million (by value of 45.300 million euros).

at European level, one in three EU citizens bought a terminal, which is equivalent to 150 million units sold, and 14 million of these devices were falsified (8.3% by value of 4,200 million euros).

the data available for other regions of the planet are worse since they reflect that counterfeiting caused loss of 21.3% of sales in Africa from 19.6 in Latin America, of the 17.4 in Arab countries, the 15.6 in China of 11.8 in the region of Asia and the Pacific and of the 7.6 in North America.

according to the report by the team, China represents one-third of the losses of total benefits in the smart phone sector.

in Italy, it is estimated that the losses in sales of smartphones due to piracy amounted to 885 million euros by 2015 which represents 15.4% of total sales in the sector, figures that in the United Kingdom were 660 million (5.7), in Germany of 564 (5.7), in Spain of 386 (10) and in France of 380 (8).

report considerations the executive director of the team, the Portuguese António Campinos, said that based on the reports prepared the Euroagencia in the various business areas, “the team is composing an image from effects counterfeiting and piracy in the key economic sectors”.

“this is the first report in a series that analyzes the impact of counterfeiting both within and outside the EU, and figures offering can act as a powerful message for those responsible for political and for all those who work to combat counterfeiting around the world”, has warned.

Moreover, according to the statement, the director of the Development Office of the ITU, Brahima Sanou, said “ falsifications affecting safety, health and privacy of consumers, as well as economic growth”.

this report is the eleventh in a series of studies published by the team, through the Observatory European of the violations of the rights of intellectual property, on the economic consequences of counterfeiting in the industrial sectors in the EU, and is the first with data from all over the world.

future works will explore other sectors, such as spares of automobile and others who are considered likely to suffer violations of intellectual property rights.

the team is a decentralised EU agency based in Alicante which is responsible for managing the brands of the EU (MUE) and drawings and registered Community design (DMC), which provide protection of intellectual property in the 28 member countries.