Hypertherm coordinates with police to seize fake items

Hypertherm the leading Chinese manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software products has taken legal action against four counterfeiters after four separate raids. The police have arrested five executives and seized large quantities of counterfeit Hypertherm consumables.

The authorities in China’s Changzhou conducted raids against largest manufacturers of counterfeit products and their distributors, making this the biggest anti-duplication operation in Hypertherm’s history. In addition, authorities were able to seize a list of companies conducting business with illegal manufacturers.

“Like nearly all companies, Hypertherm is concerned about the impact and safety risks of counterfeit product on our business and customers and is committed to disrupting the illegal manufacture of products that adversely impact the performance of our systems,” said Brett Hansen, Hypertherm’s intellectual property manager. “Our consumables are manufactured to strict specifications and often contain patented technologies that are difficult to correctly replicate. As a result, customers who unknowingly purchase these counterfeit products will not achieve the same consumable life or performance as the genuine product and are at risk.”

To ensure you do not fall victim to counterfeiting, Hypertherm recommends customers only buy a product from approved and authorised distributors, and exercise caution when coming across abnormally low prices for ‘genuine’ consumables and software especially when purchasing online.

Source: steeltimesint.com

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Fake ‘agarbatti’ manufacturing unit busted in Bhubaneshwar

A special police group recently busted a counterfeit agarbatti manufacturing unit at Brit colony in Badagada Bhubaneshwar. As per sources a person names Umakant Samal was allegedly involved in production and sale of fake counterfeit agarbatti in the area.

Samal had started a company by the name of ‘Suprabha Agarbatti’ registered by his wife’s name. Later when the business did not reap profits, he started to manufacture duplicate incense sticks with the labels of other popular brands.

According to the police reports the raid was conducted after the complaint lodged by a detective agency of agarbatti company.

Rajesh Bharti the complainant said that they had received information about the factory engaged in manufacturing fake products. We found the information to be true and lodged a police complaint. Meanwhile, police have sealed the agarbatti manufacturing unit while Umakant has been detained for further interrogation.

Satyajit Mohanty City Police commissioner said that preliminary investigation revealed that despite having the license, the accused was misusing it by packing duplicate materials inside fabricated cartons and packets of other brands.

Source: odishatv.in

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India jumps to a higher spot on the US Chamber’s global IP index

India has maintained its upward growth on the International Intellectual Property (IP) Index ranking. In the current edition of the International IP Index, India’s rank moved up to 36th position from 44 in the last year.

India’s complete score in the seventh edition of the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Centre’s (GIPC’s) annual international IP index has increased substantially to 16.2 against 12.03 in the sixth edition. The report, ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’ analyses the IP climate in 50 world economies, based on 45 indicators critical to an innovation-led economy.

As per the statement issued by the GIPC India’s performance determines the reforms implemented by Indian policymakers towards building and sustaining an innovative ecosystem for domestic and foreign investors.

Patrick Kilbride, Senior Vice-President GIPC said, “ India’s performance on the Index finely captures the Government of India’s incremental, consistent initiatives over time to improve the country’s IP ecosystem, guided by the vision of the 2016 National IP Rights Policy.”

Kilbride said that the improvement in India’s performance is a result of specific reforms, including its accession to the WIPO Internet Treaties, the agreement to initiate a patent prosecution highway with international patent offices, a dedicated set of IP incentives for small businesses, and administrative reforms to address the patent backlog.

Commenting on the enforcement environment, the report noted that rights holders continue to face challenges in enforcing their IP rights in India. “India has high rates of substandard and counterfeit medicines, online and physical piracy, and counterfeiting. One area of growing concern has been the long pendency times in the Indian court system,” the report added.

Source: business-standard.com

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Kenyan Government reveals name of four most counterfeited items

According to the latest report by Anti-counterfeits Agency, three-quarters of Kenyans use duplicate goods. The Kenyan government bureau states that the most copied goods in the market ate mobile phones at 51.8 per cent and alcohol at 30.8 per cent. In the list, DVD items are on the third spot at 26.4 per cent while bottled water comes on fourth with 24 per cent.

Besides these products other commonly duplicated goods are toners, software, accessories and lubricants. The report also revealed that out of the 70 per cent people who use low-grade products, 19 per cent purchase the goods knowingly whereas 49.6 per cent said that they bought the goods as they were cheap.

An additional 17.3 per cent of the consumers were looking for genuine products but couldn’t find them while 18.3 per cent were not aware of the issues.

ACA chairperson Flora Mutahi said that duplication included branding & trademark manipulation, misspelling of names and copying of colouring. She revealed that the Kenyan government has confiscated goods worth Ksh 8.5 billion in the last few months.

She stated the country loses an estimated Ksh200 billion annually due to trade in counterfeit products. “Kenya is indeed ahead of its counterparts in the fight against counterfeits, but manned land borders open the country to illicit trade,” remarked ACA chief executive Elema Halake.

Source: kenyans.co.ke


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Spurious products of Eureka Forbes seized in Thane

Acting tough on counterfeiters, Eureka Forbes Limited, India’s leading health and hygiene brand with a multi-product, multi-channel organization, in association with the rural police conducted raids on an industrial unit in Asangaon of the district and seized various duplicate products.

Acting on the complaint lodged by Eureka Forbes, a police team conducted a raid at Pournima Industries, owned by Rajendra Bhoir and Kailash Bhoir, in Asangaon, sources said. The industrial unit was engaged in rolling out sub-standard water purifier cartridges of Eureka Forbes’ popular brand Aquaguard.

The products manufactured at the facility were sent to retailers and service providers in Mumbai, Thane, Vashi, Navi Mumbai and Pune. This was the second raid conducted by Eureka Forbes in the past few days, the other was in Bangalore. The company also sent legal notices to unauthorized traders using e-commerce channels to sell its products.

A first information report will be filed at the Asangaon police station against the owners of the factory for alleged cheating, forgery and violation of copyright, sources added. Meanwhile, Shashank Sinha, chief transformation officer, Eureka Forbes Limited, warned the consumers saying, “Unauthorized service networks pose a huge threat to consumers. Lured by lower prices, consumers often end up buying fake or assembled products.

“A recent case in point being an FIR against Pournima Industries for misleading our customers by letting them believe that they were getting into a contract with Eureka Forbes. This factory and many others like them were engaged in manufacturing spurious spares and consumables that would risk consumers. We strongly condemn such acts and hence have taken a precautionary step to protect our consumers by introducing ‘Health Protect’ which is a safeguard that has been built into our Aquaguard purifiers” he added.

Source: United News of India

Holostik India Limited commended at COBRA 2019

Holostik India Limited was recently awarded and recognized for its ‘outstanding contribution of exceptional order in providing anti-counterfeiting solutions’ at the COBRA 2019 event in Gurugram Delhi NCR.

COBRA is an event dedicated to counterfeiting and brand protection. This year the event took place on 5th and 6th February at the Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel and Residences in Gurugram Delhi NCR.

The event was organized by Tefla’s in association with ASPA, CIABC, PMFAI, TAPA and TSEAI. The much-awaited event of the anti-counterfeiting and brand protection industry was collocated with Blockchain Eventon.

The Chief Guest for the event was Shri Ram Vilas Paswan  Hon’ble Minister of Food, Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs. Mr Ankit Gupta Director Holostik received the award at the event and was also one of the eminent speakers on the second day of the grand event.

Mr Ankit Gupta expressed his happiness on receiving the honour and shared his views on the impending need for anti-counterfeiting technology in securing brands and products.

Holostik is one of the pioneers and undisputed leaders of hologram manufacturing and anti-counterfeiting solutions in the world. The company aims to secure various kinds of products from the menace of counterfeiting and help companies achieve their targeted growth.

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UK witnesses a drastic rise of fake online products

According to research conducted by a leading UK based website Mirror Money that every one in three online consumers has purchased a counterfeit product. Forger and counterfeiters are utilising the rising popularity of e-commerce and social media to dupe consumers with fake products.

Besides affecting the consumer financially, phoney goods pose a serious health and safety concern. A good example is the negative impact of fake electronic products and medical products. The counterfeit electronics market alone has a value of £1.3bn a year according to a report by Mark Monitor – a cybersecurity and anti-duplication expert.

In UK one in four people believe they had spent as much as £250 on duplicate items last year. Among the many counterfeit products, fake clothing brands hold the top spot followed by fake electronics.

Chrissie Jamieson Vice President of Marketing at Mark Monitor had said that shoppers are getting smarter about their online choices but that alone is not enough. They are becoming victims of counterfeiters and are being duped into buying fake goods. Customers always look to the brands for protection and must ensure that only genuine products reach in the hands of their customers.

Source: Mirror.co.uk

Police raids a firm in Bengaluru selling counterfeit Britannia biscuits

Recently Bengaluru police conducted raids on a firm in Bengaluru which was manufacturing counterfeit Britannia biscuits with identical logos, design and colour schemes. The action was taken after a complaint filed by a corporate intelligence firm representing Britannia.

A police official from the Yelahanka Police Station said that they conducted raids on Rinkesh Enterprises on BB Road and found that the company was making biscuits with a wrapper having a logo similar to Britannia. The colour, design and shape were the same except that biscuits were called ‘Marie Delite’.

Britannia is a leading Indian food product’s company which manufactures several biscuits like Good Day, Milk Bikis, Tiger and Marie Gold. The police also confirmed that the biscuits confiscated in the godown looked similar to Marie Gold.

The godown is located close to Apurva Hospital in Yelahanka. In its complaint, the corporate intelligence firm representing Britannia mentioned that the visual similarity in the design and shape of the logo has helped the offender sell fake biscuits in the market.

The counterfeit biscuits were being sold to shops at railway stations, bus stands and in many towns around Bengaluru. A team from Britannia spotted the fake products and reported the incident to the company officials.

The police traced the company manufacturing fake biscuits as Rinkesh enterprises, a firm based in Hyderabad. A police official said that they had the required information that the counterfeit biscuits were being sold in states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka.

The police also discovered that contents of the fake packets were actual biscuits and maintained that it was a copyright issue.

Source: thenewsminute.com


Consumer body seeks DCGI intervention against the online sale of fake products

One of the country’s leading consumer rights body CERC (Consumer Education and Research Centre) has asked the DGCI (Drug Controller General of India) to take action against a leading e-commerce firm for the sale of counterfeits from its platform.

CERC has written to DGCI to take strict and timely action into the matter. CERC has also submitted its report to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Department of Consumer Affairs to take measures for the benefits of consumers and safeguard them against online counterfeit products.

CERC has requested the DCGI to ensure that the alleged online retailer withdraws all its products with incomplete labelling and inflated prices- much higher than the MRP mentioned on its website.

Secondly, the e-tailer must recall all such products sold to the consumers and must provide compensation for the same.

Thirdly, the alleged online retailer must create a transparent policy for selection of vendors and products and must take strict action in case of any violations.

Source: Economic Times

Counterfeit luxury products seized in Birmingham UK

The Police and National Trading Standards officers recently seized a large stock of fake luxurious products of famous brands like Chanel, Dior and GHD. The total value of confiscated products is a staggering £2.5 million.

The authorities conducted raids at a home in Hall Green and a storage unit in Digbeth. The officers took two days to vacate the warehouse in Digbeth which was stacked with duplicate products.

The duplicate products include belts, purses, handbags, watches, footwear, sunglasses and other accessories. The fake products also included brand names of SuperDry, Louis Vuitton, North Face, Stone Island etc.

However, it was a massive 50,000 bottles of fake Armani, Paco Rabanne, Chanel which was the biggest concern. The officials said that the confiscated fragrances failed to comply with the Cosmetic Products Enforcement Regulations 2013.

The police also raided four vans which had large amounts of fake products along with the evidence of manufacturing labels and equipment.

The raid was connected to Operation Beorma a combined National Trading Standards (NTS) and National Markets Group (NMG) action to check the import and supply of branded counterfeit and unsafe products. The seized goods were meant to be sold to dubious customers on social media and car boot sales.

Source: birminghammail.co.uk