On 7 June 2012 coinciding the World Anti-Counterfeiting Day, results of the fourteenth annual Global Anti-Counterfeiting Awards (GAC Awards) were announced at a ceremony in Paris. China's intellectual property enforcement named Operation Sword launched during the period between October 2010 and December 2011 were rewarded with two honors in the 2012 GAC Awards, under the categories of National Public Body Award and Individual Achievement Award respectively.
The Chinese winner of the National Public Body Award was Economic Crime Investigation Division of Ministry of Public Security, which proved to be highly instrumental in implementing the State Council of China's nationwide IP enforcement campaign "Operation Sword" during the period between October 2010 and December 2011. It successfully investigated 43,550 cases resulting in 54,658 arrests, destruction of 32,573 manufacturing sites and over 700 distribution chains. The total value of fake goods involved approximated 2.5 billion yuan.
GAC Awards consists of four kinds of awards, which are Individual Achievement Award, National Public Body Award, International Public Organization Award, Company Award and Association Award. For the Individual Achievement Award, Zhang Weian, Chairman of the Quality Brands Protection Committee (QBPC), China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment and other six companies (individual), was recognised for his significant contribution on IP enforcement.
(China IP News)