201904.08

Press Review on Counterfeiting (March 2019)

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Press articles:


Cambodia

70 tons of counterfeit goods and contaminated goods were destroyed by the anti-counterfeiting committee, including bottles of water, medicines and agricultural fertilizers. Interior Minister Sar Kheng ordered the arrest of the traffickers. The head of the anti-counterfeit committee, Meach Sophana, said the counterfeiting persisted for three reasons: the business is lucrative; the sentences are weak, and corruption prevents sustainable eradication. – phnompenhpost.com, 2019-03-19

Police in charge of combating economic crime raided a Phnom Penh store and seized 254 counterfeit bags. The raid was coordinated by a deputy prosecutor of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. The press article mentions a previous operation, in December 2018, during which 664 counterfeit bags bearing the Longchamp mark had been seized. Ten vendors had been arrested. The police made them sign a contract promising to stop selling the bags as this constituted a violation of intellectual property rights. – khmertimeskh.com, 2019-03-07.


China

Beijing’s Food and Drug Regulator opened an investigation following the discovery of fake Starbucks coffee packets in supermarkets, including Carrefour, Greenland Direct Global Goods and Hualian Supermarket. In January 2019, the Wuxi (Jiangsu) police arrested 10 people suspected of producing counterfeit Starbucks instant coffee in Guangzhou (Guangdong) and Xiamen (Fujian). This month, the Yancheng (Jiangsu) police raided four factories that were counterfeiting thousands of Starbucks mugs. “Instant Starbucks coffee can only be bought at Starbucks coffee shops and in its official online store in Tmall,” said a Starbuck store staff member Tuesday, “All the fake coffee has been removed from the shelves, according to Carrefour.” china.org.cn, 2019-03-20.

A police operation led to the seizure of counterfeit audio material (Shure, Sennheiser, Yamaha, and Harman) at the premises of Soundpu, a company alleged to be a repeat IP infringer. Criminal proceedings are ongoing – securingindustry.com, 2019-03-21; avnetwork.com; avinteractive.com, 2019-03-20; psneurope.com, 2019-03-19.

Shanghai police arrested 32 members of a luxury brand counterfeit network. Two assembly units were closed. The counterfeit goods were sold via WeChat. – reuters.com, 2019-03-20.


France

In Caen, a person was arrested while carrying many counterfeit items (brands Givenchy, Kenzo, and Versace). The goods were bought at the flea market of Saint-Ouen. – actu.fr, 2019-03-12.

Just days after unveiling a jacket created by Off-White in the video Au DD, counterfeit versions of this jacket are on sale. – 20minutes.fr, 2019-03-26.

Customs has dismantled a vast network of perfume counterfeits. 245,374 bottles of perfumes were seized as well as 160,880 euros. Customs officers highlighted the organization of the network. – francebleu.fr, 2019-03-14.


Haiti

The Ministry of Public Health warns the general public and health professionals that a counterfeit medicine is circulating in the country under the name “Clarithromycin tablets, 500 mg” and bearing a false “MYLAN®” logo. – haitilibre.com, 2019-03-22.


Jamaica

A search of downtown Kingston resulted in the discovery of a large quantity of counterfeit clothing and shoes – rjrnewsonline.com, 2019-03-19.


Kenya

Agents of the anti-counterfeiting agency have closed a flour mill (infringing Golden Ngano brand) in Embu County. 25 tons of flour and 23,500 packaging materials were seized. Two men were arrested. – kahawatungu.com.

In Nairobi, the anti-counterfeiting agency has discovered a wide range of counterfeit perfume bottles (from Dior, Chanel, Black Up and Givenchy, and Tom Ford brands) in a high-end perfume shop at The Hub. Two suspects were arrested during the raid. – nairobinews.nation.co.ke, 2019-03-29.

The International Seed Federation warns of the influx of counterfeit seeds in sub-Saharan Africa. – africa.cgtn.com, 2019-03-08.


Senegal

Customs has seized a significant amount of fake drugs in the Department of Foundiougne. An investigation has been opened. – senegal7.com.


Singapore

Nearly 1500 counterfeit goods were seized and four people were arrested for marketing acts. – straitstimes.com, 2019-03-16.


Switzerland

Swiss customs intercepted two and a half times more counterfeit goods in 2018 than the year before. The goods come mainly from Turkey, the countries of Eastern Europe, Morocco, and Kosovo. – radiolac.ch, 2019-03-13.


United Kingdom

A hair salon owner, who had been found in possession of counterfeit goods (Nike, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Versace and Gucci brands), was sentenced by the Wolverhampton District Court to barely work of general interest. The defendant denied any responsibility by claiming to have rented this part of the store to someone else, which he could not prove. – dudleynews.co.uk, 2019-03-23.


United States

A multi-agency task force led by US Immigration and Customs has seized approximately $ 1 million worth of counterfeit goods in the Detroit area. The list of products concerned is varied: Xanax pills; Botox; electronic products; Electronic cigarettes; Rolex; iPhones; etc. The items were found by agents targeting goods and shipments into and out of the US from foreign countries via FedEx, DHL or the railways – mlive.com, 2019-03-12.

Swatch wins $ 1.1 million lawsuit against Manhattan owner accused of allowing counterfeit sale at its facility – securingindustry.com, 2019-03-15.

Increased number of counterfeit car seats not compliant with federal guidelines. Authorities urge parents to buy their children’s seats in safe shops and not buy used ones – cbs58.com, 2019-03-27.

The International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC), with the help of MasterCard, caused the suspension of iOffer as part of an anti-counterfeiting operation. – iacc.org, 2019-03-20.

Pembina port agents intercepted a shipment of counterfeit phones (iPhones) from Canada. – cbp.gov, 2019-03-01.


World

Geoffroy Bessaud (director of anti-counterfeiting coordination at Sanofi) and Eric Bayle (Office central de lutte contre les atteintes à l’environnement et à la santé publique, Oclaesp) question the importance of counterfeiting and the level of priority that anti-counterfeiting actions should be given in the health sector. – usinenouvelle.com, 2019-03-26.

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