China busts 6,000 cases involving trademark breach

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

BEIJING - China has tracked down some 6,000 cases involving trademark violation and counterfeiting worth 798 million yuan ($120 million) in its latest campaign, an official said.

Fu Shuangjian, deputy director of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, said that over 360,000 law enforcement officers joined the ongoing campaign and busted 556 fake production bases in the past few weeks.

The six-month campaign was launched after the State Council, or the cabinet, issued a regulation Nov 5 to protect intellectual property rights, China Daily reported Wednesday.

Deputy head of the administration’s Beijing bureau Zhang Yongming said Tuesday that his officers confiscated 398 purses, 484 wallets and 11 belts falsely branded as “Louis Vuitton” during a recent raid.

They also found four million yuan worth of bogus branded clothing and arrested three suspects in November. In Jiangsu province, authorities found copies of 78 famous overseas brands, including Prada and Boss, worth 50 million yuan.

In 2009, law enforcement officials dealt with over 42,000 cases worth about 570 million yuan, said the law firm Lianhai, which is based in China’s Fujian province.

The annual rise in the number and value of cases indicated the country’s commitment to eliminate infringements and counterfeiting, it said.

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