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Surelock are Retained by the Trade Mark Holders Listed Below –

  • June 17, 2013
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  • COUNTERFEIT INFORMATION LINE

    01252 547 791

    IF YOU REQUIRE HELP IN THE IDENTIFICATION OF SEIZED GARMENTS OR ARE PLANNING ENFORCEMENTS, PLEASE CONTACT US ON THE ABOVE NUMBER OR IN AN EMERGENCY DIRECT TO RON HARRISON ON

    0778 793 8121

    BENEFIT    CLIPPER    EVISU    JACK WILLS    LRG    MECCA    SHAMBALLA JEWELS    TIFFANY & CO.

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    AC/DC    BEATLES    JLS    JUSTIN BIEBER    OLLY MURS    ONE DIRECTION

    Surelock are also representatives for the following music artists:

    Bravado International Group:-

    Abba      Alexandra Burke      Black Sabbath      Boyzone      Elvis      Guns n Roses      Jessie J      Jedward     Jimi Hendrix     Justin Bieber     Katy Perry     Kurt Cobain     Lady Gaga     Little Mix     Michael Jackson     Mindless Behaviour     N-Dubz     Pet Shop Boys     Pink     Pixie Lott     Pussy Cat Dolls     Ramones     Robbie Williams     Rolling Stones     Take That     The Saturdays     The Wanted     Usher

    Global Merchandising Limited:-

             Beyoncé     Bon Jovi     Iron Maiden     Motorhead     Olly Murs     One Direction     Slayer     The Clash

    Live Nation:-

    AC/DC     Barbara Streisand     Britney Spears     Bruce Springsteen     Christine Aguilera     Coldplay     David Bowie       Def Leppard       Eagles       Fleetwood Mac       George Michael       Justin Timberlake      Kings of Leon    Kylie Minogue    Led Zeppelin    Madonna    McFly    Meat Loaf    Nirvana    Pink Floyd     Rihanna     Rod Stewart     Shakira    U2

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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Preventing Counterfeit Products Getting to Market

  • June 3, 2013
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  • LIMA UK assists members on a daily basis with a diverse range of queries relating to licensing.  Fortunately, the spectre of counterfeit goods doesn’t come up frequently.  However, just recently LIMA was contacted by one of Europe’s leading licensed costume character companies and a long-standing LIMA, David Scott, Managing Director of Rainbow, who had an interesting tale to tell.  David informed LIMA that he had just uncovered a growing online cottage industry originating from a factory based in China, which was producing counterfeit children’s costume characters including Peppa Pig, Mickey Mouse, and many others, and then selling them on internet-based trading sites such as Ebay to the general public for the UK market.  This activity has a serious impact on the brands Rainbow represents and David looked for assistance from government organizations such as Trading Standards with the goal of getting these illegally-made costumes off the market.  David was also introduced to a company called ‘Surelock’ who work closely with the UK Border Agency and he invited LIMA along with him to meet them in person at the UK’s Parcel Force depot at Coventry Airport.  Interestingly, Coventry airport appears to be the main hub for imports traded through Ebay.  Though the vast bulk of such imports are perfectly legal, clearly here was a case of abuse of a legitimate port for the purposes of counterfeit.

    Surelock and their subsidiary ‘Detain-UK’ are given a list of products to look for by brand owners such as Nike, Louis Vuitton etc. and any suspect packages that originate from high risk counterfeit -producing countries can be intercepted, inspected and detained right off the lorry even before they get into the Parcel Force depot, a very effective way from stopping counterfeit products getting into the UK market.  The costumes have now been added to the products waiting to be destroyed by UK Customs Officers.  Stopping illegal goods from entering the UK is a constant battle for UK Customs, but there are companies such as Surelock who provide services in this area. In fact, the process appeared to be much simpler, and the costs much lower, than licensor legal departments often imagine.  It can be the fear of escalating costs that slows up anti-counterfeit measures, when in fact modest expenditure can assist brand owners/licensees in preventing direct financial loss and potential damage to IP.

    Manchester solicitors and LIMA UK member Gateley’s also has a wide experience in all types of anti-counterfeiting measures–from advising on counterfeit avoidance strategies through to bringing counterfeiters to bear through the courts.  They have worked closely with a number of specialist anti-counterfeiting agencies including the Intellectual Property Crime Unit and have strong links to a number of trade mark agents, working with established brands (particularly through the Giftware Association) and those that are relatively new to the game.

    If you wish to find out more information on Surelock please visit www.surelock.org or Gateley’s  www.Gateleys.co.uk

     

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Brothers Jailed for Fake Goods Scam

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  • From the Liverpool Echo 30th May 2013

    Surelock has been involved with this case from the beginning.

    Four brothers who sold counterfeit goods at Liverpool markets have been given prison sentences.

    They admitted the offences which involved fake clothes, footwear and mobile phone covers.

    Raza Hassan,  21, who owned the stalls pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to 34 counts of offering counterfeit goods for sale and was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment on each count to run concurrently and ordered to pay £1,500 towards costs.

    Irfan Hassan,26, who had helped run the stalls pleaded guilty to 33 counts of offering counterfeit goods for sale and was sentenced to eight months on each count to run concurrently and ordered to pay £1,000 towards costs.

    Murtarza Hassan, 24, who pleaded guilty to six counts of offering counterfeit good for sale was sentenced to six months on each count to run concurrently and ordered to pay £500 towards costs.

    Furqaan Hassan,22, pleaded guilty to one count relating to running a stall selling counterfeit mobile phone covers but who was still subject to an outstanding suspended sentence for similar offences was sentence to 10 months and ordered to pay £1,000 towards costs.

    All the defendants share the same address in Clarendon Road, Manchester.

    The court heard that on seven occasions between July 2011 and March 2012 trading standards officers found counterfeit clothing, footwear and mobile phone covers for sale at stalls in St John’s and Broadway market and at the FoneGaff store in Williamson Street, owned by the family.

    In total 640 items of clothing, 79 pairs of trainers and 432 mobile phone covers were seized during this period. The goods seized were ordered to be forfeited for destruction.

    In sentencing Judge Lewis said that after three visits by officers the brothers should have been aware that Trading Standards were on to them and that they had an almost impudent disregard for the law.

    John McHale, Head of Liverpool trading standards, said: “These were persistent offenders who continued to sell counterfeit goods despite officers regularly visiting their stalls and seizing goods .

    “This family were given every opportunity to trade legally but chose to continue with this criminal activity. The sale of counterfeit goods undermines legitimate traders and impacts on the economic growth of this city. The vast majority of market traders deal legitimately and they will welcome these convictions and sentences.”

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    by Ron

Brothers Jailed for Liverpool Markets Fake Goods Scam

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  • From the Liverpool Echo 30th May 2013

    Surelock has been involved with this case from the beginning.

    Four brothers who sold counterfeit goods at Liverpool markets have been given prison sentences.

    They admitted the offences which involved fake clothes, footwear and mobile phone covers.

    Raza Hassan,  21, who owned the stalls pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to 34 counts of offering counterfeit goods for sale and was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment on each count to run concurrently and ordered to pay £1,500 towards costs.

    Irfan Hassan,26, who had helped run the stalls pleaded guilty to 33 counts of offering counterfeit goods for sale and was sentenced to eight months on each count to run concurrently and ordered to pay £1,000 towards costs.

    Murtarza Hassan, 24, who pleaded guilty to six counts of offering counterfeit good for sale was sentenced to six months on each count to run concurrently and ordered to pay £500 towards costs.

    Furqaan Hassan,22, pleaded guilty to one count relating to running a stall selling counterfeit mobile phone covers but who was still subject to an outstanding suspended sentence for similar offences was sentence to 10 months and ordered to pay £1,000 towards costs.

    All the defendants share the same address in Clarendon Road, Manchester.

    The court heard that on seven occasions between July 2011 and March 2012 trading standards officers found counterfeit clothing, footwear and mobile phone covers for sale at stalls in St John’s and Broadway market and at the FoneGaff store in Williamson Street, owned by the family.

    In total 640 items of clothing, 79 pairs of trainers and 432 mobile phone covers were seized during this period. The goods seized were ordered to be forfeited for destruction.

    In sentencing Judge Lewis said that after three visits by officers the brothers should have been aware that Trading Standards were on to them and that they had an almost impudent disregard for the law.

    John McHale, Head of Liverpool trading standards, said: “These were persistent offenders who continued to sell counterfeit goods despite officers regularly visiting their stalls and seizing goods .

    “This family were given every opportunity to trade legally but chose to continue with this criminal activity. The sale of counterfeit goods undermines legitimate traders and impacts on the economic growth of this city. The vast majority of market traders deal legitimately and they will welcome these convictions and sentences.”

    read more
    by Ron