20 March 2019
Anti Counterfeiting Group (ACG) is delighted with the reported success of the City of London Police’s, Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), in Manchester on 14th March.
The City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) raided premises in Manchester with 280,000 pairs of shoes being found in one warehouse alone.
At the warehouse, officers discovered nearly 3,000 labelled pairs of suspected counterfeit shoes that were ready to be sent out to recipients. The other 277,000 pairs of shoes were unbranded but accompanied by thousands of brand labels. Officers seized the already branded shoes so that the relevant brands can confirm whether they are counterfeit.
The three search warrants, which arose out of a referral from the Intellectual Property Office and Trading Standards, involved 34 officers and staff from Greater Manchester Police, Border Force, Trading Standards, Manchester Fire Service and UK Immigration Services. Along with the suspected counterfeit shoes, thousands of labels, computer equipment and approximately £20,000 in cash were seized.
Xiaoguang Xia, 39, of Kempsters Gardens, Salford, M7 and Yingpen Qu, 38, of Larch Gardens, Manchester, M8 were charged with conspiracy to distribute articles infringing trademark and to commit money laundering. They appeared at Salford and Manchester Magistrates Court respectively on Friday 15 March. They were remanded until Friday 12 April 2019 when they will appear at Manchester Crown Court. One other person was released under investigation.
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.
Membership with the ACG is the best way to work with government and enforcement bodies to protect your brand. Our Roadshows and training days help you reach out to police, trading standards and border force officers and tell them about your genuine products.