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Counterfeit electrical products could endanger public safety

AN IPR infringement case in which a man conspired with a company to produce fake equipment that could have been dangerous topped a list of cases dealt with last year by the Shanghai Intellectual Property Administration, it announced yesterday.

Officials said it was rare for counterfeiters to make fake trademarked goods in such large quantities and possibly endanger public safety.

A man surnamed Wang conspired with a local electrical company's general manager, surnamed Tan, to produce equipment carrying the Maple trademark without permission from the trademark owner.

Market watchdogs seized 958,000 yuan (US$140,179) worth of equipment in the company's workshop last May after a tip-off.

Wang was sentenced to two years in prison with probation of two years by the Fengxian District People's Court for trademark violation and Tan was jailed for 18 months with probation. The electrical company was fined 200,000 yuan.

Other cases included the city's largest map counterfeiting case. Shao Jingen and Shao Zhancheng were jailed for duplicating and selling 1.6 million copies of Shanghai maps.

Shanghai Customs seized 260,000 unauthorized labels with Olympic logos and 200,000 labels featuring Mickey Mouse last August.

Zhu Chuanxian and Shi Yongfeng were caught last May selling pirated DVDs and 340,620 were confiscated.

A gang that sold fake underwear online was caught in February 2008.

Qian Yifeng and Xia Jun, who copied and sold online game "Audition" were sentenced to four years and three-and-a-half years in prison respectively for copyright infringement.

The Poco Website was ordered to pay Guangdong Zoke Culture Development Co Ltd 50,000 yuan for offering download connection of a film whose copyright was owned by Zoke.

Century Hualian Supermarket was ordered to pay 500,000 yuan to Hualian Supermarket, a state-owned supermarket, for including Hualian in their name.

Shanghai Lichi Fitness Co Ltd was ordered to stop using its "Rits" logo and pay 200,000 yuan to British Ritz Hotel Co Ltd because the logo was similar enough to cause confusion.


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