Dubai gets tough with fakes; 3 million pieces seized in a week

14 days to investigate and act after receiving info on stocked counterfeits

DUBAI 29 March 2017: More than three million counterfeit products of over 30 renowned brands were confiscated in Dubai within a week after Dubai Economy raided four warehouses in the emirate as part of its strategic focus to protect intellectual property and the rights of trademark owners and consumers.

One of the warehouses had a stock of over one million pieces of counterfeit products, including phone accessories, ladies’ handbags, clothes, leather goods, ink, printers, cosmetics, watches and contact lenses.

Around 928,000 items, including duplicate phones and accessories, were seized from the second warehouse, while the third had over 700,000 replicas of five international perfume brands. The fourth was found to have 252,000 pieces of counterfeit perfumes, cosmetics and cleaning products.

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Dubai Economy team took 14 days to investigate and act after receiving information on the stocked counterfeits. The raids reaffirm the role of the Intellectual Property Rights Protection team in safeguarding trademarks against any infringement, said Ibrahim Behzad, Director of Intellectual Property Rights Protection in the Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection, CCCP.

“Combatting commercial fraud and protecting goods and services against duplicating their brand or logo are part of the strategic objective of Dubai Economy to improve confidence among businesses and investors and enhance overall competitiveness in Dubai,” Behzad said. He added that the raid took more than 48 hours as the officials diligently screened and sorted out each piece to ensure transparency and impartiality in the process.

“People promoting and selling counterfeits use innovative tricks. Some of them import the goods in pieces and then assemble it here, and they even use remote or misleading locations to stock such goods. We work closely with global brands to train our inspectors in identifying counterfeits and we update trademark owners on local developments in combatting counterfeiting,” Behzad said.

The Intellectual Property Protection team holds regular meetings with major international brands to share knowledge and their experiences in the fight against counterfeits. Co-operation with other competent government entities is also sought while carrying out inspections.

 – By Sheena Amos