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Counterfeit Clothing and Merchandise

SURELOCK working with West Yorkshire Trading Standards on behalf of our clients TRAP (Trademark and Rights holders Against Piracy) protecting the music artists

  • 1:39 pm

    Stephen Clarkson, director of Custom Design UK Ltd, was handed an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, at Bradford Crown Court.

    Following information received in 2016 from Surelock, which represents numerous trademark holders that Custom Design UK Ltd was selling counterfeit clothing through an eBay account.

    West Yorkshire Trading Standards (WYTS) seized, during an inspection in January 2017 of the registered office of Custom Design UK Ltd, items of clothing & heat transfers bearing music and sporting trademarks including US football teams, such as the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks.

    A computer also seized by WYTS, was found to contain software used to create the heat transfers.

    Clarkson pleaded guilty to 14 charges relating to the supply of counterfeit band T-shirts such as The Stone Roses and Metallica.

    David Lodge, Head of WYTS said: “We welcome the punishment given to Mr Clarkson as it sends a warning to others that counterfeiting is a serious crime and will not be tolerated.”

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Leicester Counterfeiter receives 21-month suspended sentence

  • 1:41 pm
  • As a result of thorough investigative work by Surelock dating back to 2015 undertaken on behalf of Trade Mark Holders, Ian Buckley (56), who ran clothing shop Quirk in Leicester city centre was charged with and subsequently admitted 36 offences under the Trade Marks Act.

    The 36 offences related to printing and dishonestly selling tens of thousands of items such as T-shirts and hooded tops bearing the names of bands such as Led Zeppelin & Iron Maiden, as well as US sports teams including LA Lakers & Dallas Cowboys.

    This represents an estimated loss of hundreds of thousands of pounds to the trademark owners.

    Buckley, was given a 21-month suspended jail sentence and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work, Judge Adrienne Lucking said that were it not for his wife’s severe ill health and her dependence upon him as her carer, Buckley would have gone to prison.

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    by dave

Custodial sentences for selling counterfeit goods

  • 2:21 pm
  • Courts can impose custodial sentences to persons selling counterfeit goods

    Time to think before buying counterfeit goods, time to think before selling.

    Counterfeits are more than just a cheap version of a genuine more expensive item.  Consider value for money, quality and workmanship rather than looking for a copy without the class.  Counterfeit items may never work properly or safely and can be just plain dangerous, and especially relevant your purchase may fund something more dangerous. Therefore, it is important to think about values. Do something today.

    This brings to mind a recent case Surelock were involved in highlighting these values.

    Essex Police stopped Meqhawemveko Dube in possession of a firearm.  His home address was searched where goods were discovered including over 100 counterfeit high value watches. Our experts examined watches which purported to be those of our clients and provided statements authenticating them as counterfeits.

    Dube received three years custodial sentence at Southend Crown Court in January 2018 for possessing an imitation firearm, and a further nine months sentence relating to the counterfeit goods. Court evidence showed the defendant had been selling similar counterfeit products for about three years.

    Who has time for a watch that will tell you the right time for some of the time,  last half the time or no time and in time will stop telling you the time!

    It’s all about values – not just the value of the item or the genuine item but values of the purchaser. 

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    by carol

Counterfeit goods seized in joint operation at Birkenhead Market

  • 5:10 pm
  • Surelock Brand Protection take part in a successful joint operation to deal with counterfeit goods, targeting stall holders in Birkenhead Market selling fake clothing and other products.

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    by dave

Another successful court result, as fraudulent trader Terrance Donovan received a total of three years immediate imprisonment for importing and selling thousands of pounds of counterfeit designer merchandise.

  • 4:32 pm
  • Speaking on behalf of Hublot, Jordan Sargent of Surelock Brand Protection Services stated: “Surelock Brand Protections Services represents a large number trademark holders, we will continue to work with trading standards to ensure those trading in counterfeit goods are brought to account.

    We applaud the actions of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Trading Standards regarding this case and their positive stance of clamping down on counterfeit goods. The public should be aware that by purchasing counterfeit goods they are receiving an inferior quality product.”

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    by dave

Couple sold fake Mac make-up and other brands on Facebook

  • 2:52 pm
  • Another successful result, Surelock investigators assisted Trading Standards Officers at Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council with evidence of counterfeit Tiffany & Co. items, found amongst other fake designer brands, at the home of a couple caught after trading standards officers raided their home in February this year.

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    by dave

Counterfeit Perfume Seized in City Could Pose Safety Risk

  • 2:15 pm
  • Experts have warned that counterfeit perfume seized in Peterborough could pose a risk to unsuspecting consumers.

    Peterborough City Council’s trading standards team seized over 400 perfumes from the Wellington Street car boot sale as part of a recent joint operation with brand representatives.

    Officers are now warning the public to be on the lookout if buying perfume through social media and online auction websites, as well as at car boot sales.

    The fake perfume seized included counterfeit versions of Chanel, Kenzo, Hugo Boss and Dior. These are being styled by the counterfeiters as 30 to 40ml demonstrators or testers. This approach is believed to be an attempt by the traders to justify why these goods are being sold at car boot sales.

    Officers will now be taking enforcement action against the traders involved and all perfume will be destroyed.

    Previously tested counterfeit aftershaves and perfumes have been found to contain excessive amounts of methanol amongst other ingredients. High levels of methanol can cause skin conditions in the form of rashes and reactions to consumers especially those with sensitive skin or dermatitis.


    Another safety consideration is that high levels of methanol makes the perfume much more flammable.

    A representative of Surelock International, UK representative for many designer brands, said: “Once again we are very pleased to have worked with Peterborough Trading Standards, and this is a great result. Counterfeit perfumes are unregulated, and recent testing has shown the contents can pose a safety risk to unsuspecting consumers.”

    Rob Edmunds from Peterborough Trading Standards said: “Selling these fake perfumes as testers is a new tactic by counterfeiters and we urge residents to avoid buying them if they see these items online or at car boot sales and markets. Not only is it against the law, selling counterfeit goods undercuts genuine traders and these perfumes pose a health and safety risk to the public.”

    Anyone with information regarding counterfeit products should contact the trading standards team in confidence by emailing [email protected]

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    by dave

A Man in Woolwich has been jailed for selling £150,000 of fake Justin Bieber and One Direction merchandise

  • 10:45 am
  • In July 2014, Surelock International Limited provided the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) with evidence leading to a prison sentence of 30 months for Woolwich man Meraj Gul, who pleaded guilty to selling goods with unauthorised trademarks.

    Acting Detective Superintendent and Head of the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU), Peter Ratcliffe, said: “This sentencing proves that producing, selling and distributing fake goods online will not go unpunished. Not only does this act deprive the creative industry of revenue, it also puts the livelihoods of those working in it at risk.”

    “Through the hard work of our officers, and working with industry partners such as Surelock, we have effectively brought the man responsible to justice.”

    Director of Surelock, Ron Harrison, said: “Surelock are one of the UK’s most pro-active brand protection companies, who represent a number of clients including music artists where we act as enforcement agents for Trademarks and Rightsholders Against Piracy (TRAP). We received excellent service and cooperation from City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU). A large amount of counterfeit merchandise was seized and this was ultimately a very successful operation for which we are grateful.”

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    by dave

Suspects plead guilty to offences under the Trade Marks Act