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Fine For Fake Haibao Firm

A local sculpture company making fake Haibaos, the 2010 World Expo mascot, was just one of the cases dealt with last year by the Shanghai Intellectual Property Administration.

The case, in which the firm was fined 30,000 yuan (US$4,395), was one of the administration's top 10 cases, it announced at the weekend.

A total of 16 people in the 10 cases were jailed with a maximum sentence of seven years.

Of the 10 cases, three were related to infringement of Expo logos.

Officials from the Minhang District Industrial and Commercial Administrative Bureau seized four fake Haibao sculptures and three moulds in a workshop of Shanghai Weishi Landscape Sculpture Arts Co Ltd on July 31 last year after receiving a tip-off from the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination.

An investigation revealed that the company had started to advertise Haibao sculptures on the Internet in March 2009 and had sold 28 of them before being caught.

The market watchdog confiscated four unsold sculptures and the moulds in addition to the fine. Officials also tracked down the sold sculptures and reminded buyers that Expo logos were protected.

In another case concerning Expo logos, Shanghai Customs seized 30,000 toothbrushes with Haibao printed on the packaging on June 3, 2009.

A company from Shenzhen, in Guangdong Province, had applied to export the toothbrushes to Cambodia.

Other cases in the top-10 list involved integrated circuit chips, an eight-member gang selling more than 300,000 pirated DVDs and violation of the Louis Vuitton trademark.


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