From sportswear rip-offs to suspiciously familiar brand names such as "Wumart," China's counterfeit and intellectual property (IP) infringement problem is massive and raising questions around the world about how seriously the country is fighting fakes, according to experts.
"The Chinese counterfeiting problem is bigger and the players more sophisticated than anyone can possibly imagine," said Joseph Gioconda, attorney at U.S.-based Gioconda Law Group, which specializes in brand protection.
Globally, counterfeit and pirated good imports are estimated to be worth nearly $500 billion annually, making up 2.5 percent of global imports, according to an April report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the European Union's Intellectual Property Office.
The same report showed that 63.2 percent of fake goods came from China, followed by Hong Kong with 21.3 percent, while U.S., Italian and French brands were the most affected by imitation goods.
Gioconda told CNBC in an e-mail interview that there were "entire Chinese villages...where product counterfeiters work to perfect the art and science of manufacturing fakes."