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Dishonoring city’s time-honored brands

More than 100 people have been charged in 55 cases involving infringing the intellectual property rights of time-honored Shanghai brands over the past three years, the Shanghai People’s Procuratorate announced yesterday.

Such cases are increasing every year, prosecutors said, with more counterfeit products being sold overseas or via social media. Social media sales made the evidence hard to collect, they said, and there was a growing trend of organized famed brand infringement.

In a recent case in Hongkou District, a man surnamed Wang bought sugar packaging marked with local sugar brand Yutang and sugar from others from April 2017.

He employed two workers to put the sugar into the packages and sold them to retailers. Although the retailers knew that these bags were counterfeit, they still sold them, prosecutors said.

Wang and his two workers were jailed for to up to four years and three months and fined. Two people who sold sugar to Wang and four who bought sugar from him received sentences from 18 months to three and a half years, and were fined. Liu, who provided the counterfeit packaging, was sentenced to three years and three months in jail.


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