Seizures of fake goods rise

The value of counterfeit goods seized by customs officials in Hong Kong was close to $43 million last year - up sharply from $30.7 million in 2003.

Sunday, 6 February, 2005, 12:00am

Mainland cities copy 'no fakes'

The intellectual property chief said more mainland cities were expected to join a 'no fakes' campaign in Guangdong province following the fake milk power scandal, which claimed at least 12 infants' lives on the mainland last year.

19 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Customs seize millions of dollars of counterfeit items

Updated at 5.29pm: Some $14 million worth of counterfeit items were seized on Thursday when customs officers raided fashion shops and warehouses ? mostly located in Central.

A spokesman said two men and 12 women were also arrested during the large anti-counterfeiting operation.

14 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Museum of counterfeits the real deal

In a glass cabinet of an elegant townhouse in Paris are three pieces of stone bearing the inscription MC Lassius.

Next to them is another piece of stone, essentially identical, with the same letters carved on it. All four pieces date from 27 BC and were found in Arles, southern France.

16 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Reward for reporting fakes to double to $20,000

The pharmaceutical industry plans to double its reward for people who report counterfeit drugs after a cool response to an earlier offer.

Hong Kong Association of the Pharmaceutical Industry president Anthony Chan Sung-kwong said the organisation planned to increase the reward from $10,000 to $20,000 after receiving only 30 calls since it launched the reward last November.

14 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Firms take swing at pirates

More than US$1m in fake golf gear is seized in raids on mainland factories

Six people have been arrested and more than US$1 million worth of counterfeit golf equipment seized in one of the largest anti-piracy raids on the mainland initiated by a coalition of leading US golf-equipment makers.

5 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Informers offered bounty in crackdown on fake goods

Guangzhou will offer cash rewards of up to 300,000 yuan to informers reporting fake or substandard products being sold in markets.

The rewards would be offered to hundreds of part-time product inspectors enlisted last year to help catch people manufacturing or selling fake products, Southern Metropolitan News reported.

14 May 2004 - 12:00am

Harsh punishment pledged in war against rampant counterfeiting

Counterfeiters who flood the market with fake and substandard food and medicine will face harsh punishment, media reports said yesterday in the wake of the milk powder scandal that left more than a dozen infants dead.

The central government would also strictly abide by its promises to give greater protection to intellectual property rights (IPR), the reports said.

7 May 2004 - 12:00am

Police investigating discovery of suspected counterfeit notes: reports

Updated at 2.11pm: Police were investigating reports that two suspected counterfeit $100 notes were found in Tze Wan Shan, local media reported on Wednesday.

The Crime Commercial Bureau and police are investigating the discovery, but have yet to release further details.

The Hong Kong Monetary Fund and HSBC were also helping the investigation.

21 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Guangzhou leads anti-piracy drive

Raids are having an effect, putting pressure on fake goods dealers

A campaign in Guangzhou against intellectual property theft is on track despite a readily available supply of pirated music and videos, lawyers and investigators say.

15 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Guangzhou raids put a dent in fake goods trade

A campaign in Guangzhou against intellectual property violations is on track despite a readily available supply of pirated music and videos, lawyers and investigators say.

Shop basements in the city are still given over to the sale of pirated CDs and DVDs while more prudent dealers operate in nondescript buildings known only to regulars.

15 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

Car giants challenge pirate firm

Counterfeit windshields produced despite a series of raids on Guangdong factory

Six of the world's largest carmakers are asking the central authorities in Beijing to step in to resolve a case involving pirated vehicle parts in Guangdong province.

15 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Seminar on spotting fake yuans

Bank outlines new security measures during briefing on counterfeit notes

Real or fake? This is the question that will be asked more often in Hong Kong as the yuan becomes a commonly accepted currency.

8 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Three arrested for selling fakes on the Net

Officers seize counterfeit goods after MTR sting operations

A Form Seven student and a couple have been arrested by customs officers in two separate undercover operations after they allegedly sold counterfeit products on the internet over the past two months.

13 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

5 men held, fake notes seized in raid on syndicate

Five men suspected of being members of a syndicate involved in printing counterfeit money and forging documents have been arrested in a raid on a Shamshuipo flat.

Police said the mastermind of the syndicate, believed to have triad links, evaded arrest. Regional crime unit officers have mounted a manhunt for him.

1 Aug 2003 - 12:00am