November 15, 2007

According to the China Economic Net article (link below), Chinese customs authorities uncovered nearly 2,000 individual cases of intellectual property infringement in China during the first nine months of 2007. Specific examples of such infringement mentioned in the article include the following:

- 23 cases and the seizure of over 32,000 fake Louis Vuitton, Nokia, and Adidas products in Hangzhou

- 1 case of an individual with almost 2,000 fake Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Vacheron Constantin watches at the Beijing Capital International Airport

- The seizure of 10 sets of pirated Beijing Olympic Mascot cartoons (presumably on video)

According to the President of the World Trade Organization Research Institute under the University of International Business and Economics, Zhang Hanlin, “Since its WTO entry, China has made tremendous progress in IPR protection,” and “China is attaching greater importance to IPR protection not only because of pressures from foreign countries but also from the need to protect its (own domestic) products.” The total value of the goods seized by Chinese customs in 2007 has exceeded US$30 million.

China Economic Net Article: LINK
China Customs Website (English) With IPR Enforcement Links: LINK
China Customs Recent List of Counterfeit Seizures: LINK


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