milosevic - 9:46 am on Dec 1, 2010 (gmt 0)
I really think the burden of IP right enforcement should fall with the person or company being infringed in most cases.
In this example, handbags are sold at likely 2000% or 3000%+ markup.
Is it not right that Tiffany should pass on the cost of preventing trademark infringement and counterfeiting to their consumers? After all, their consumers are paying for the brand name anyway: You could have a functionally identical handbag that cost 1/10th what the Tiffany bag does - their customers already demonstrated that they will pay huge amounts of money for exclusivity - and that exclusivity is (arguably) it's only value.
So if the cost of enforcing this (and other designer gear trademarks) was passed on to the user, the entire world would pay for a very small proportion of the richest to be able to walk around town without seeing someone else with the same handbag. I guess you can imagine just how much sympathy I have. :)