Fake goods seized

Fake goods worth $7 million were seized on a cargo ship heading to Hong Kong from the mainland, in waters off Yau Ma Tei. Customs officers found 9,085 pairs of shoes and more than 103,000 items of clothing and handbags inside five containers.

Monday, 18 December, 2000, 12:00am

'Forgery-proof' notes unveiled

New 'forgery-proof' $1,000 banknotes were unveiled yesterday as evidence emerged of a boom in the counterfeiting of another note - the $100 bill.

12 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Kitchen worker jailed for bank fraud

Updated at 3.51pm: A kitchen worker was jailed for five years and eight months on Tuesday for cashing counterfeit banknotes.

Lok Chi-wai, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to pass counterfeit banknotes and one of conspiracy to steal in the Court of First Instance.

31 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Producers deliver warning on cost of copies

High-ranking government officials have been warned the mainland counterfeiting problem is 'spiralling out of control'.

The blunt analysis came from the Quality Brands Protection Committee (QBPC), which represents the interests of multinational companies embattled by mainland fakes.

15 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Rash of fake bills may prompt new banknotes

New banknotes with improved security features could be issued following the recent increase in the number of fake bills found in the SAR.

13 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Laws aim to stop pirates at source

There are a lot of ordinances governing intellectual property in Hong Kong: the Trademark Ordinance, Copyright Ordinance, Prevention of Copyright Piracy Ordinance, Patents Ordinance and Registered Designs Ordinance.

But, none of the statues target consumers.

17 May 2000 - 12:00am

Game's up

Customs arrested a man, 33, and seized about 3,000 counterfeit PlayStation game accessories worth $300,000 from a Chinese-registered vessel off the Kwun Tong cargo area late on Thursday.

29 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Importer labelling rejected

The Government has rejected calls for a labelling system that would say who imported goods. Such a system would increase costs and push up prices, the Trade and Industry Bureau said.

The bureau was responding to a suggestion that the system be incorporated in a bill that seeks to deregulate parallel imports.

15 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Foreign firms sick of faking it in mainland

Multinationals who banded together to fight counterfeiters in the mainland have opened up a can of worms that has global implications for their brand-name products.

The 28 companies have formally registered a pressure group, the Quality Brands Protection Committee, to hit back at pirates who have dramatically cut into mainland sales.

8 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Multinationals unite in fight on fakes

The mainland counterfeiting industry has grown so big and aggressive that multinationals there are banding together to fight a threat they claim is destroying profits and brands inside and outside the country.

Counterfeiting has reached such a scale that big investors say they are being forced to suspend new investments because profits from existing ones are falling.

4 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Counterfeit $1,000 notes discovered

More than 100 fake $1,000 banknotes have been discovered, a top counterfeit expert said.

The notes could not be easily detected under ultra-violet light and contained a metal thread like genuine notes, Detective Chief Inspector Michael Yu Shi-cheung, of the Commercial Crime Bureau, said.

31 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Beating the pirates

Anti-counterfeit operations have been a marked success over the past year and US officials say Hong Kong will stay off their 'watch list' of places where copyright infringement is a serious problem. Even so, it is too early to suggest that the crackdown has the pirates completely on the run.

11 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Stronger action urged on fakes

Traders in designer products have urged the Government to step up law enforcement as the fake-goods market flourishes across the border, mainly catering to Hong Kong people.

Counterfeiters of international brand names are offering their products to SAR residents at shops in Shenzhen.

10 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

Reduce demand to fight infringements

The key to curbing counterfeit goods supply in Hong Kong is stemming demand, according to an academic.

Gerard Prendergast, associate professor of marketing at Baptist University, urged manufacturers to lobby for new legislation to curb demand for pirated goods.

15 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Ex-lecturer's brainchild proves the genuine article

It is nicknamed China's Silicon Valley, an area of northwest Beijing that is home to thousands of computer and high-technology firms.

But Zhongguancun is also famous for something else - fake documents.

2 Dec 1999 - 12:00am