China Takes Charge; Arrests Over 3,000
March 17, 2011 § 1 Comment
CHINA HAS A BAD REPUTATION AS BEING ONE OF THE leading sources in counterfeit manufacturing. Everything from counterfeit clothes to fake pharmaceuticals and electronics have been sourced from China. Starting last October, Chinese authorities began the largest crackdown the country has seen in a very long time. From seizures of counterfeit products to thousands of arrests, police and customs officials are taking no prisoners.
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According to a recent Fox News article, Chinese authorities have arrested over 3,000 people and shut down 292 websites selling counterfeit and fake goods. They expect these numbers to continue to rise. The American Chamber of Commerce in China says 70 percent of its member companies consider Beijing’s enforcement of patents, trademarks and copyrights ineffective. The article also mentions that rampant copying has hampered Beijing’s efforts to attract technology industries because businesspeople say companies are reluctant to do high-level research in China or bring in advanced designs for fear of theft. The Chinese are fully aware of their reputation regarding the fake trade, but law enforcement has promised the public that their current anti-counterfeiting campaign will continue to grow, produce lasting results and reduce the number of criminals.
Hopefully this latest campaign will push China away from being one of the top producers of counterfeit products and establish the country as a more reputable source for manufacturing and for doing business in general.