19 October 2016
On 4th October 2016 at Brent Magistrates Court, Ms Nigina Akram pleaded guilty to eight Trade Marks Act 1994 offences following seizures from her stalls at Harrow & Portobello markets and was sentenced to 100 hours community service.
The court action was a result of a tip off to Harrow Trading Standards, who visited Miss Akram's stall at Harrow market in October 2015 and purchased a counterfeit Michael Kors makeup mirror. The Officers went on to seize over 170 counterfeit handbags and pieces of jewellery, including designer brands Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Michael Kors.
The matter was worsened when Hammersmith & Fulham Trading Standards visited another of the seller's stalls at Portobello Market, in January 2016, to find and seize a further 150 of the same items.
ACG represents more than 3,000 brands affected by this influx of fakes into the UK and delivers an international network of information, advice and contacts on all aspects of IP protection. Working with Government and law enforcement agencies since 1980, ACG is focused on providing an effective and sustained response to counterfeiting.
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