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Police crack down on counterfeit goods

SHANGHAI police say they have uncovered more intellectual property infringement cases since launching a crackdown in October.

Altogether 777 suspects have been caught in 356 such cases in which police confiscated 773 million yuan (US$118 million) between October and March, police said yesterday in a news briefing.

The number of cases was more than three times higher compared to the previous period.

Tang Xiliang, deputy director of the police department's economic investigation corps, said Shanghai serves more as a transit point in the sale of fake goods while most are produced and processed in other places such as Guangdong Province.

A family of six has recently been charged for selling a wide range of counterfeit electronic goods.

Police seized 4,466 counterfeit mobile phones, laptops and memory sticks worth more than 5 million yuan.

Fake iPhones and iPads accounted for almost half of the fake items. A fake iPhone 4 sells for 800 yuan while a genuine one costs more than 6,000 yuan in stores.

"The fake iPad is more like a big smart phone," said Tang, who told Shanghai Daily the fakes use the Android system rather than Apple's operating system.

The six suspects, from Shantou, Guangdong Province, are all related.

The main suspect, surnamed Liao, rented a room to store fake goods, which were then sold to nearby stalls on Qipu Road, Hongkou District, a famous place for selling cheap and small commodities, according to police.

Meanwhile, Baoshan District police caught a couple for stocking more than 16,000 pieces of counterfeit clothes featuring world-famous labels such as Polo, Jeep and Columbia.


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