Taiwan economic crime rates drop by 1.7% in 2018
E190508Y8．E190508Y9 | Jun. 2019（E235）
As revealed in the statistics released by the National Police Agency, the Ministry of the Interior, the police agencies of Taiwan had uncovered a total of 6,900 cases involving economic crimes committed throughout 2018 with a 1.7% drop of 120 cases compared with 2017. Divided by types of crimes, the 6,900 cases mostly comprised IPR infringement occurrences in 4,316 cases (62.6%) and finance violation occurrences in 716 cases (11.0%), both of which accounted for 74% of the 6,900 cases. There was a fall of 216 cases in the number of IPR infringement cases, down 4.8% compared with year 2017.
Analyzed by the monetary amount, the amount involved in these economic crimes totaled up to TWD28.21 billion, representing a rise of TWD 10.43 billion from that of year 2017, up by 58.7%. TWD14.45 billion (51.2%), namely half of the total TWD28.21 billion involved in economic crimes came from finance violation cases, while IPR infringement cases involved TWD 10.92 billion (38.7%). That is to say, the amounts involved in finance violation cases and IPR infringement cases accounted for almost 90% of the total amount involved. Also, the involved amount comparison between 2017 and 2018 shows that the amounts involved in finance violation cases and IPR infringement cases in 2018 rose by 7.23 billion and 2.54 billion, up by 1 time and 30.3%, respectively.
Analysis of the 4,316 IPR infringement cases indicates that 2,452 of them (56.8%) were related to Copyright Act violation with 54 cases more than those in 2017, representing a 2.3% climb. Further, among the 2,452 cases of Copyright Act violation, 97% of them were domestic ones to form 2,368 cases. In addition, 1,855 cases involved Trademark Act violation (43%), the second most among all IPR infringement cases, but there were 268 cases less than those occurring in 2017, a 12.6% decline. Out of the 1,855 cases of Trademark Act violation, 1,174 involved foreign elements, taking more than 60% of the total case number, with 616 cases involving European countries (33%) and 681 cases being domestic ones (37%). (May 2019)