Chinese police smash "fake Lego business" at $ 30 million
The Intellectual Property Rights Act in China can not be ignored, and a lesson from suspected counterfeiters may have come to light after millions of yuan operations to fabricate a fake lego
in Shanghai were detained on Tuesday with the arrest of four suspects, reports A briefing for the media, published on the official website of the city's social media. Assets in excess of RMB 200 million (about $ 30 million) have also been removed, including flows, products, and packages.
The investigation that led to the operation on Tuesday lasts from October last year, when local law enforcement agencies first discovered. This was announced by a briefing, which provided for the sale of a counterfeit puzzle that has "striking resemblance" with the star product of the manufacturer of Danish toys.
The suspects found that they had developed the design and production of Lego. In 201
6, under the brand name Lepina, the name resembled a Danish company, but its price was estimated to be only one-tenth of the cost of the real Lego puzzles in China, – said an anonymous investigator, reports the local magazine Paper.com. According to the officer, the goods were not only sold on Chinese e-commerce platforms, but also exported to Russia and Germany. Forms allegedly used in the production of counterfeit toys Lego. / Photo by law enforcement and published by Shanghai Fabu, an official account of the Weibo Municipal Government.
Forms allegedly used in the production of counterfeit toys Lego. / Photo by law enforcement and published by Shanghai Fabu, an official account of the Weibo Municipal Government.
The investigation is still ongoing before the case goes to court. Suspects may face criminal charges if the court finds that they violated the law of violations and committed significant illegal profits.
In recent years, the epidemic of counterfeit trademarks in China has been discontinued, as the government is putting an end to intellectual property protection.
On the same day, the Shanghai government informed the public about the case, four government agencies have jointly launched a "Pure 201 Sword" campaign aimed at infringing copyright on the Internet, especially "rewriting plagiarism" on the so-called "media" accounts
Initiated by the National Intellectual Property Administration, the Office of the Cyberspace of China, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Ministry of Public Security, the operation should be operational from the end of April to the end of October.
The top picture is made by law enforcement and published by Shanghai Fabu, the official account of the Weibo Municipal Government. The unsuccessful jigsaw products were seized by the Shanghai police during a raid on Tuesday at a production site whose location is not specified.