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Museum of Counterfeit Goods

Museum of Counterfeit Goods

The Tilleke & Gibbins Museum of Counterfeit Goods is a niche museum with a collection comprising more than 4000 goods that infringe trademarks, patents, and copyright.

Please book your visit a minimum of one working day in advance. Visitors from the general public are welcome on:

Jidapa Eagark

OVERVIEW

Our museum educates visitors about the value of intellectual property and why protecting it is important.

Forming part of the Tilleke & Gibbins Corporate Social Responsibility program, the Tilleke & Gibbins Museum of Counterfeit Goods welcomes hundreds of visitors each year for guided tours, led by our experienced intellectual property attorneys.

The lectures and tours dispel the myth that IP infringement is a victimless crime. Visitors learn about how fake products jeopardize health and safety both for the consumers who buy them and for the workers who produce them. Our efforts educate people on how counterfeiting is closely tied up to other forms of organized crime, including drugs, firearms, human trafficking, and even terrorism. We also explain how counterfeiting and piracy rob the government of tax revenue and impose greater costs on legitimate taxpayers due to the burden of enforcement, while stifling innovation and damaging overall economic development. We welcome a range of visitors to our museum:

Professionals

The team provides advanced brand-awareness training on behalf of our clients for intellectual property practitioners, Thai and foreign police, judges, members of the diplomatic corps, and other government officials. During these events, professionals will receive in-depth training on how to differentiate between genuine and counterfeit goods, thus further building the capacity of the participants and helping them to succeed in their difficult work.

Students

The museum often hosts large classes of university students from a range of faculties, including law, design, architecture, and other fields that depend on the protection of creative ideas for their success. Visiting students have the opportunity to learn from experienced IP lawyers about the basics of intellectual property and the practical implications of piracy and counterfeiting.

Public

The museum is open to members of the general public at designated dates and times. Visits are always subject to an advance booking. To schedule a visit, please contact Ms. Jidapa Eagark at [email protected]

Media

The museum has attracted significant media attention, and numerous major foreign television broadcasting companies (including CNN and BBC) have featured the museum in their documentaries concerning the counterfeit situation in Thailand. Many local and international newspapers and magazines have also published articles on the museum, including The Christian Science Monitor and TIME magazine.

Collection

“A mind-boggling array of counterfeit merchandise”

– Lonely Planet

Established in 1989 by David Lyman, Chairman and Chief Values Officer, the Tilleke & Gibbins Museum of Counterfeit Goods has grown from a collection of approximately 100 products when it was first created to more than 4,000 IP-infringing goods today, making it one of the largest of its kind in the world. The museum houses a collection covering 14 broad categories of goods, including clothing, footwear, watches and eyewear, accessories, cosmetics and perfumes, food and household products, drugs, alcohol and cigarettes, copyrighted works, stationery and office supplies, automotive parts, tools, electrical devices, and miscellaneous products.

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