14,000 counterfeit goods manufacturers arrested in China

April 12, 2011 4:51 pm

Chinese police arrested 14,185 people involved in the production and sale of counterfeit goods over the last five months – further evidence of the huge scale of counterfeiting operations in China. According to philSTAR.com, over 7,000 production and sales outlets […]

20,000 potential counterfeit product listings every day

March 21, 2011 4:18 pm

Illustrating the scale of the counterfeiting problem in China, the country’s biggest online retailer, Taobao, has revealed that it removes around 20,000 suspected counterfeit product listings every day from its e-commerce website.  As reported by Penn Olson, Taobao use various […]

91,000 bottles of counterfeit vinegar seized in Italy

March 8, 2011 5:31 pm

Italian officials have seized 35,000 litres or 91,000 bottles of counterfeit balsamic vinegar. The famous balsamic vinegar of Modena is protected by the European Union’s Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status which makes it a target for counterfeiting operations. The sting […]

Hard times for Viagra smugglers

February 28, 2011 12:10 pm

The UK Border Agency has revealed that they seized over 8.5 million smuggled Viagra pills worth around £13 million during raids in 2010. The tablets were either fakes or illegally imported without license – either way, they are not subjected […]

High court rejects Tiffany’s appeal in eBay suit…

December 2, 2010 2:50 pm

It seems that big brands have their hands full with differing court outcomes…?  A U.S. District Court decided in 2008 that eBay was not liable for any trademark infringement from the sale of counterfeit Tiffany products on its auction site. Tiffany appealed […]

How Peru Became the Counterfeit-Cash Capital of the World…

November 26, 2010 5:18 pm

In the past two years, Peru has become the No. 1 distributor of counterfeit currency internationally, according to Kenneth Jenkins, a U.S. special agent in charge of the Secret Service’s Criminal Investigative Division. “Approximately $33 million has been seized in […]

Counterfeit Medicines: Health and Harm…

November 26, 2010 5:16 pm

Counterfeiting has a long history. For most commodities it is simply the theft of brand owners’ intellectual property, a trademark violation. But fake medicines can also kill. Political wrangling over language, and confusion over how to deal with the public […]

Fake goods make £1.3 billion for criminals every year…

November 26, 2010 5:14 pm

Serious and organised criminals are increasingly involved in the trading of counterfeit goods, the charity Crimestoppers has warned. SOCA has teamed up with Crimestoppers to promote the Fakes Fund Crime campaign and squash the myth that counterfeiting is a harmless enterprise. […]