World-Renowned Cosmetic Brands Nail Perpetrators with Help from Law Enforcement Agencies

发布时间: 2019/1/23 10:00:00

  On October 21, 2016, after receiving clues from Anti-smuggling Department of Xiamen (Fujian Province) Customs, Market Supervision Commission of Xiamen Municipality found on scene a large number of cosmetic products tagged with multiple designer brands (Givenchy, La Mer, Kiehl's, Fresh and SK-II, among others) and without required texts in Chinese. The cargo was valued over three million yuan and confirmed counterfeit by relevant trademark holders. Further investigation indicated that the working PC terminal and goods shipping address of the relevant cyber shops were in Xiamen. On January 16, 2017, Xiamen Market transferred the case to Xiamen Public Security Bureau (police). In parallel, in November 2016, brand holder of La Mer reported another case to Nanjing Police of Jiangsu Province who would capture three individuals including the ringleader by the name of Xie. On January 24, 2017, Xiamen Police handed over the case to its Nanjing counterpart considering relevance of the two cases.

  Police investigation revealed that Xie bought in raw materials, packaging, and tags from Quanzhou and Guangzhou, hired workers to produce counterfeit designer cosmetics, and sold them nationwide through cyber shops. Xiamen Market and Police jointly seized over 4,000 items of finished counterfeit cosmetics and shut down four repacking offices. On September 28, 2017, Xuanwu District People's Court in Nanjing sentenced Xie and his crew to be behind bars for one year and three months to four years on the counts of counterfeiting registered trademark and selling counterfeit registered trademark goods.

  Impact of the Case:

  This case involved multiple trademark holders with high goods value, different cities and multiple government agencies. The Market officers actively contacted Xiamen Police after obtaining trademark infringement clues, and assembled a joint task force for further investigation. After the case was transferred to Nanjing Police, law enforcement officers and police explored ways in sharing intelligence, linking different proceedings and transfering evidence-wise items.The case left an abundant legacy of an inter-agency and inter-province investigation to future operations of similar magnitude.



(Editor Shao Jingjing)

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