Museum of Counterfeit Goods

Museum of Counterfeit Goods

The Tilleke & Gibbins Museum of Counterfeit Goods is comprised of more than 4,000 goods that infringe trademarks, patents, and copyrights. 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. Explore our case studies on several categories of infringing products.

The museum was established in 1989 by David Lyman, currently Chairman and Chief Values Officer of Tilleke & Gibbins. What began as a small collection of just 100 items has grown significantly in size, and it is now one of the largest of its kind in the world.

The Museum of Counterfeit Goods is one of Tilleke & Gibbins’ key corporate social responsibility programs. Tilleke & Gibbins’ IP attorneys provide free lectures and guided tours of the museum for hundreds of visitors each year. Regular visitors include:

  • Professionals. The Tilleke & Gibbins 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 involved in IP protection and enforcement 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.
  • Media. The Museum of Counterfeit Goods 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. Read more about our media coverage by clicking news
  • 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 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.
  • General Public. The museum is open to interested members of the general public at designated dates and times. Visits are always subject to an advance booking. To schedule a visit, contact Ms. Wariya Sontiang at the contact information above.

During a visit to the Tilleke & Gibbins Museum of Counterfeit Goods, you can gain new insights to dispel the myth that IP infringement is a victimless crime. You can learn about how fake products jeopardize health and safety both for the consumers who buy them and for the workers who produce them. You can learn about how counterfeiting is closely tied up with other forms of organized crime, including drugs, firearms, human trafficking, and even terrorism. You can learn about how counterfeiting and piracy rob the government of tax revenue and impose greater costs on legitimate taxpayers due to the burden of enforcement. And you can learn about how IP infringement stifles innovation and damages overall economic development.