Customs seize record haul of counterfeit food

Customs officers have sought help from the Guangdong authorities following the seizure of a record haul of food cans bearing the well known Ma Ling label.

Saturday, 8 April, 2006, 12:00am

Weak enforcement means criminals can flout the law

Douglas Clark, IPR lawyer

Weak criminal enforcement remains the biggest challenge on intellectual property rights protection on the mainland, according to Douglas Clark, a lawyer who has made this his focus for 13 years.

3 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Getting public on side via education is biggest hurdle

Zhou Xianhua, copyright watchdog

The public needs to play a much greater role in protecting intellectual property rights on the mainland, according to Zhou Xianhua, a senior official with Guangzhou's copyright watchdog.

3 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

With originals too costly, fakes still flood markets throughout capital

Ten people offering counterfeit software loiter at the entrance to Beijing's Bainaohui electronics market, just metres from a public notice banning the sale of pirated discs.

28 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

No Fakes scheme violators may be named

Options weighed after sweep of jewellery shops nets member of anti-counterfeit pledge campaign

Shops that have joined the 'No Fakes' campaign yet sell counterfeit goods could be 'named and shamed' under a proposal by the Intellectual Property Department.

29 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

$5.5m of fake jewellery seized in raids

Customs officers have uncovered $5.5 million worth of counterfeit jewellery - including items from a 'No Fakes' shop - in the city's largest seizure of its kind.

Officers raided two offices and eight jewellery shops targeted at tourists in Kowloon Bay, To Kwa Wan and Tsim Sha Tsui, seizing 450 pieces from five of the shops.

28 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Cartoon raids animate whole street

Customs officers yesterday launched a large operation against counterfeit Disney and Japanese cartoon goods, searching virtually all the shops and vendors operating at a popular toy market in Wan Chai.

They hope the raid, the first time an entire street has been searched for fake cartoon goods, will serve as a deterrent.

1 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Shenzhen alliance formed to combat counterfeiters

The manufacturers of labels designed to thwart counterfeiters have formed an alliance in Shenzhen to curb the city's rampant piracy of goods.

The widespread problem has given the city a bad reputation and caused millions of dollars of losses to legitimate businesses each year, said Cai Xuiqian, president of the Shenzhen Association of Anti-Counterfeiting.

11 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Jackie kicks up a fuss about fakes

Star fronts crusade to show the true cost of counterfeits

Jackie Chan yesterday kicked some counterfeit Jackies around a stage, chainsawed his way through a fake goods store and then stripped a 'consumer' of all his copied clothes in an effort to raise awareness of the evils of counterfeit goods.

3 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Beijing cracks down on fakes

As it prepares to host the 2008 Olympics, Beijing is trying to burnish its image as an international city by cracking down on counterfeit brand-name goods and the ubiquitous hawkers of pirated CDs.

The Beijing Administration of Industry and Commerce had offered to work with brand owners to protect their trademarks and had scored some successes, city officials said.

16 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Efforts to fight piracy win praise from US

Hong Kong's efforts to tackle intellectual property theft have been given a resounding thumbs-up by a visiting delegation of US officials.

They are so impressed that they want to partner the city to try to stem the flow of counterfeit and pirated goods from the mainland.

14 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

US official lashes out at anti-piracy efforts

A senior US official has lambasted Beijing's efforts to crack down on counterfeiting, noting that the problem has worsened during the past year.

Assistant Secretary of Commerce William Lash said weak law enforcement, light penalties and the increasing sophistication of counterfeiters had fuelled an 'epidemic'.

13 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Silk Alley stalls shrug off counterfeit concerns

A ban on the sale of 48 high-end brands outside department stores has not stopped vendors at Beijing's new Silk Alley Shopping Plaza from selling imitation luxury goods.

The Beijing Administration for Industry and Commerce last week said if any banned products were found, the people selling them would be treated as trademark violators.

29 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Steele works harder as tracking down counterfeiters gets tricky

It was one of the more curious cases Philip Curlewis, Asia-Pacific managing director for the Steele Foundation, has ever countered. About five years ago, China, infamous as a source of knock-off products, was on the receiving end of an overseas counterfeiting ring that specialised in fake Bordeaux wine.

26 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Customs team targets online auctions of illegal goods

Customs chiefs are setting up a second cyber-crime team to fight the growing popularity of online auctioning of pirated discs and counterfeit goods.

The squad will start work next month when the seven members have finished training and technological support worth at least $250,000 is in place. The first team was established in 2000.

20 Mar 2005 - 12:00am