A trader took a clock from an exhibition booth because he thought it infringed his patented design, Eastern Court heard yesterday. Cesare Difalco, 52, claimed a $27 clock displayed at a booth hosted by Hong Kong Precision Electronics looked the same as one designed by him. Mr Difalco, owner of the Italian-based company Project International, took the crystal-like quartz clock on April 16 but left his name card at the booth. Lam Kwing-cheong, 40, a salesman at the booth, told police about the matter. Mr Difalco was arrested inside the Convention and Exhibition Centre, where a four-day gift and houseware fair was being held. He told police that Mr Lam's company had infringed his patent and he wanted to keep the clock as an exhibit for any future lawsuit. A charge of theft against Mr Difalco was dismissed yesterday. Barrister Andrew Macrae, defending, told the court Mr Difalco had registered the clock's design in 1995 but had later found that Lam's company was making replicas. Mr Macrae objected to the clock being returned to the local company, as it allegedly breached copyright laws. He said Mr Difalco had started a civil action against the company. Magistrate John Brennan said it would not be possible to give the disputed clock to Mr Difalco. He instead ordered it to be kept in the court's custody pending an application by any interested party.