Briefs, November 7, 2012

Japan drops plan for island invasion drill

Wednesday, 7 November, 2012, 2:07am

Pressure on local cadres to combat counterfeit goods

The central government has pledged to combat fake and shoddy products by monitoring local governments' efforts to counteract them as part of their annual achievement appraisals.

9 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Man held over fake Sevens tickets sales

A man has been arrested for deception relating to the online sale of scores of counterfeit Sevens tickets

The expatriate, aged 25, is believed to be a core member of a multinational sports-ticket forgery syndicate, according to an initial police investigation.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Goods destroyed to publicise war on fakes

Nearly 200 mainland cities publicly destroyed tens of millions of fake and substandard goods yesterday as part of a major publicity drive intended to rein in the country's booming counterfeiting industry.

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Exhibition hails success against I.P.R. violators

China's product safety agency has cracked down on more than 1,200 manufacturers involved in the production of more than one billion yuan (HK$1.2 billion) worth of fake products in a nine-month campaign against the infringement of intellectual property rights (IPR), according to a government-organised online exhibition that opened yesterday.

12 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Fake HK$100 notes seized in raid on 'factory'

Twice as many counterfeit HK$100 banknotes have been seized this year, compared with the same period last year.

Most of them were made in Hong Kong, police believe, after arresting two suspected syndicate members.

Police seized 568 fake notes in the first five months of this year, compared with 273 in the same period last year and 625 over the entire year.

7 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Man arrested with fake US$100 notes

Police seized 95 counterfeit US$100 banknotes after they arrested an Indian man in an ambush in a Wan Chai residential block yesterday. The seizure came as the result of an investigation into a counterfeit banknote syndicate, police said. The suspect, 29, was intercepted by officers lying in wait outside a flat.

23 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Beijing to step up crackdown on fakes

Twenty joint operations planned with FBI

In renewed efforts to counter the mainland's thriving counterfeit industry, Beijing has vowed to pursue more joint cross-border criminal enforcement operations, a top public security official said yesterday.

25 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Fight to protect Games mascots a touch ironic

The Olympic Games showcases the host country and its people to the world. Hong Kong will get a small share of exposure by hosting the equestrian competition on behalf of Beijing. Now the mainland has called for help from Hong Kong's guardians of intellectual property rights.

13 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Pair jailed over fake brand-name clothing

Two masterminds of a counterfeit clothing syndicate were jailed yesterday after being found guilty of possessing more than 120,000 fake items of brand-name clothing worth over HK$60 million.

3 May 2007 - 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

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

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

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