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Six people nabbed in HK for selling fake Olympics products
2007-06-01 07:15:38 Xinhua English

HONG KONG, June 1 (Xinhua) -- Six people were arrested by Hong Kong Customs officers during an operation in the past two days to crack down on trademark infringement activities relating to products of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the Customs said here Friday.

In the raids at Wan Chai, Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok, Customs officers from the Intellectual Property Investigation Bureau seized from seven hawker stalls about 350 pieces of goods, including key rings, watches, caps, badges and stickers, worth about 7,000 HK dollars (about 897 U.S. dollars).

Most of the seized goods bore forged trademark -- the Official Mascots of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, or "Fuwa"s.

Three men and three women, aged between 40 and 60, were arrested during the Customs' operation.

After the operation, Customs officers sought help from Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the 29th Olympiad, the trademark owner, in trademark identification.

Initial Customs investigation showed that the goods were of low quality and priced about half of the genuine goods sold at official channels.

According to the trademark owner, the genuine products should have anti-counterfeiting labels and certificate of examination. They are sold at licensed retail outlets.

Hong Kong Customs has stepped up surprise checks in the region, taking stringent enforcement against selling activities of counterfeit Beijing 2008 Olympic Games products.

The Beijing 2008 Olympics' equestrian events will be held in Hong Kong in 2008.

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