44 store owners charged; P362 M in counterfeit goods seized since January

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Nonnatus Caesar Rojas

MANILA, Philippines—At least 44 store owners have been charged with violations of intellectual property rights and hundreds of millions of pesos worth of counterfeit products, mostly cellphones and shoes, have been seized since the start of the year, according to the National Bureau of Investigation.

NBI director Nonnatus Rojas said the raids on known counterfeit lairs conducted by the agency’s Intellectual Property Rights Division were  in line with the government’s campaign to stop the proliferation in the country of various types of bootlegged  merchandise through the enforcement of intellectual property laws.

Recently the NBI was singled out by the director of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, Ricardo R. Blancaflor, for confiscating the biggest number of counterfeit goods being passed off under well-known and highly respected brands.

Rojas said that in January alone the  NBI seized more than P362 million worth of fake merchandise, mostly of them cellphones.

He said among the areas raided by the IPRD agents were a factory on Taliba Street in San Rafael Village in Tondo which resulted in the  confiscation of more than two million pieces of Snow Bear candy worth P2.4 million.

He said that a warehouse on Del Monte Avenue in Quezon City  yielded hundreds of thousands of counterfeit Nokia cell phones valued at P352 million.

Raids on various known stores in Metro Manila netted more than P7 million in counterfeit foot wear.

Rojas  said the raids were covered by court orders  based on complaints of owners of  registered trademark owners or their representatives  in the country.

He added that almost all the complainants involved well-known brands manufactured abroad.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZMYIL5FXLVIHRZXBQGONZS6U4 Jhune

    Lahat gawa China

  • UrHONOR

    WAY to go, Dir Rojas!  Kasuhan lahat ng mga yan sa pandaraya sa kanilang kapwa-Pinoy.  Madalas kong nakikita ang mga yan sa Greenhills Shopping Mall….ladies bags, shoes, and clothes.  Yan ang dapat na isunod na i-raid ng NBI.  

    Huwag tantanan hanggang lahat ay mawala!

    • MDLANHAM

       Kupal talaga ang mga store owner dyan, kung hindi lahing Intsik, Muslim naman. AMP TALAGA!!!!!!

      • UrHONOR

        AT mga suplado/a pa ang mga nagbebenta na PARANG kailangang bumili ka pag nagtanong ka ng presyo.  Kaya sa GH shopping center ang pinupuntahan ko lang dyan ay yong nagbebenta ng mga kakanin sa gitna.  Pero dadaaanan mong lahat yong mga nabanggit mong mga tindahang pag-aari o minamaneho ng mga Muslim at cheks.

  • Fulpol

    diligent Ilocano….

  • http://www.facebook.com/beng.atibo.3 Beng Atibo

    Only charged but never convited until all is forgotten.

  • ryq24

    U mean to say may nag paparating pa ng fake Nokia phones!

  • doublecross

    di kc total ang laban ninyo?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4XVVCOAZXYTPN2X3IPFCFDSKFM Melvin

    Bakit hinahayaan magpatuloy sila sa pangloloko sa mga tao? Tulad sa Greenhills Shopping Mall tambakan ng mga fake goods, mga branded pa. Matanong ko lang, sino bang mayor ang nakakasakop dyan?

  • boybakal

    Normal na yan recopy, refurbished merchandise.
    It helps the economy and it helps the poor who cannot afford the original.
    Just like Hermes bag at least one can have hermes bag made of butiki not buwaya.

    Besides, it is only the name the brand name.
    The difference is the quality.
    For the rich good quality for the poor poor quality.
    Even in China, most are imitation and fake merchandise but they are economic giants.
    Because the money keeps on flowing, the business is running.
    Intellectual property Rights….obsolete. Only God can make Original creation.

  • Horst Manure

    Now you can use the genuine fake judiciary to get a result.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LLZUWWYWTSB4APE7SV2R64AU3A Rody

    How many have sent to jail. It’s not how many you charged but how many are convicted and sent to jail

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