In an effort to actively promote the construction of permanent mechanism for IPR protection, maintain the order in foreign trade activities and protect the rights and interests of the consumers, the General Administration of Customs (GAC) launched a one-year special campaign to fight against IPR infringement in key ports and key transport channels. As of March 13, GAC had seized 1,164 batches of infringing goods with a total value of 87 million yuan.
Customs across the nation have made remarkable achievements in seizing infringing goods since the campaign was launched. Hangzhou Customs in Zhejiang seized 70 undeclared watches from a Zimbabwean traveler. After verification by the right holders, the goods were identified as counterfeits. In a postal package, they seized 3,000 trademarks infringing RIVERS. Additonally, they seized 12,000 pens violating the Hero trademarks. Yiwu Customs in Zhejiang also achieved great success in this campaign, they seized nine batches of goods infringing Chinese well-known brands such as Diamond, Exploit at the petty commodities freight channels.
Xiameng Customs in Fujian seized 11,136 pairs of soccer shoes with the four-stripe trademarks similar with triple-stripes registered by Adidas Company. Evaluated by the right holder adidas, the goods were identified as counterfeits and then detained by the Customs.
When inspecting the hand bags declared for export by a Zhongshan-based compay, the Gongbei Customs in Guangdong discovered that the COCO trademarks on 6,349 hand bags were suspected of infringement to the COCO marks registered by the France-based Chanel Company. Evaluated by Chanel, the goods were identified as counterfeits.
(China IP News)2013-07-17