March 13, 2021 0 Comments
One of the latest cases involved counterfeit bags of famous brands such as Victoria’s Secret and Chanel worth more than 50 million yuan. Shanghai police have arrested and charged nine suspects, responsible for making the bags and selling them through online stores, said CCTV.
The case caught the attention of Chinese netizens on Tuesday, with many Weibo users applauding the effort of Chinese authorities in cracking down on counterfeit products and protecting IP rights.
“Great to see the government’s ‘war’ against fake goods,” a user wrote, “Crackdowns [on fake products] protect the rights of both brands and consumers.”
Some users expressed concern about the difficulty of the “war,” suggesting there are too many counterfeit items for sale especially on e-commerce platforms.
“There are so many fake goods on shopping websites that I don’t dare buy anything. Not even a lipstick,” wrote another user.
The number of fake products for sale on e-commerce sites may have increased amid the COVID-19 pandemic although there are no exact data proving that has occurred, said Zhao Zhanling, a senior analyst at the Center for IPR Studies at the China University of Political Science and Law.
During the pandemic many customers have to switch to shopping on e-commerce platforms rather than physical stores, which created “business opportunities” for online counterfeiters, Zhao explained.
“Compared to physical shops that sell fake products, online stores are more concealed, making them more difficult for law enforcement personnel to track and find,” Zhao told the Global Times on Tuesday. “Some online sellers also mix genuine items with copies, making it harder to investigate and collect evidence.”
Authorities across China have this year launched campaigns against fake and shoddy products, reports show. In Wuhan, Central China’s Hubei Province, market supervisors launched a campaign to investigate and punish e-commerce operators who violate IPR, the Changjiang Daily reported in June.
China has intensified the fight against IP violators at both the judicial and law enforcement levels, Zhao said. “It shows the government’s determination in protecting IP rights and improving the business environment,” he added.
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