Raids in Bangkok yield 60,000 coun­ter­feit mugs

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Some 60,000 plas­tic cof­fee cups, tum­blers and mugs bear­ing brand name lo­gos have been con­fis­cated from whole­sale man­u­fac­tur­ers and ware­houses for in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty law vi­o­la­tion.

The coun­ter­feit items, to be sup­plied to dis­trib­u­tors in Bangkok’s Sam­pheng Mar­ket, were worth an es­ti­mated Bt10 mil­lion in re­tail sales, although they could even fetch Bt60 mil­lion, Depart­ment of Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tion chief Pol Colonel Paisit Wong­muang told a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

Fol­low­ing com­plaints filed by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the dam­aged busi­nesses, of­fi­cers on Wednesday af­ter­noon launched the raids. They searched 10 Bangkok lo­ca­tions of the whole­sale man­u­fac­tur­ers and ware­houses to seize the coun­ter­feit items.

Nine sus­pects were ar­rested on charges of pos­sess­ing with the in­tent to sell and dis­trib­ute coun­ter­feit goods and vi­o­lat­ing oth­ers’ in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights, Paisit said.

The con­fis­cated travel mugs car­ried the lo­gos of Manch­ester United Foot­ball Club, Liver­pool Foot­ball Club, Star­bucks, Do­rae­mon and Har­ley David­son.

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