China News | Shanghai Police Arrest 36 Persons for Counterfeiting

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Shanghai police recently announced that they had arrested 36 individuals for production of counterfeit Dyson hair dryers. The police had been investigating the suspects since August 2018 following multiple consumer complaints of buying the counterfeit hair dryers online.

Prior to their involvement in the production of the counterfeit products, the suspects had originally started a business in Huizhou to produce hair dryers under their own brand name. Their product reportedly looked similar to Dyson hair dryer however they were unable to break even and decided to produce and sell counterfeit products instead.

The police conducted two raids last year upon which they discovered 400 finished products, 1,500 semi-finished goods and 200,000 spare parts. The individual reportedly purchased real Dyson products and dissected them into parts. Reportedly, the products were sold at a much cheaper rate than original Dyson products and were found to caused hair damage and pose a fire hazard.

“the knock-offs are slightly different from the real products in material, quality and colour, but are obviously different in the working mechanism, air volume and sound after the machines are turned on,” Shanghai Police officer Yu Songbin stated.

It is estimated that the suspects made RMB 10 million in the Chinese currency, approximately $1.4 million USD.

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Ufuoma is a Senior Editor and Director of Regulatory Policy at NLIPW. She assists clients in the protection of copyrights, trademarks and patents. She counsels clients regarding validity and infringement matters and has experience acting against the infringement of IP and addressing counterfeit issues. She holds a Masters degree (LL.M.) from Columbia Law School, New York and a law degree from the University of Nigeria (LL.B. Honors). She is admitted to practice law in Nigeria and in the State of New York. Ufuoma cut her teeth in the intellectual property practice groups of some of the largest law firms in Nigeria and has years of experience working with major non-profit organizations in New York. Email: uakpotaire@nlipw.com

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