LONDON, ON, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - The London Detachment of the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police, Federal Enforcement Section (FES), has been conducting a
sweep for counterfeit merchandise over the past several weeks. The sweep
was conducted throughout various communities located in Oxford, Lambton,
Elgin and Middlesex counties. As a result, a number of Counterfeit
Product Notices have been served and hundreds of counterfeit merchandise
items have been voluntarily turned over to the RCMP for destruction. The
value of the counterfeit merchandise items is estimated to be over
Counterfeit Product Notices are a warning. It allows officers to educate
merchants in regards to offences associated to selling counterfeit
products and remove the illegal items. Several of the retailers involved
in the sweep were not aware that it is an offence associated with the
selling and distributing of merchandise bearing unlicensed or
unregistered trademarks without the permission of the trademark owner.
Items turned over during the sweep included sunglasses, purses, ball
caps, sweatshirts, t-shirts and flat irons bearing various unlicensed
commercial logos such as Oakley, Ed Hardy, Coach, Louis Vuitton, UFC,
Hurley, Chanel, Baby Phat, Chi and various other name brands. A number
of pirated DVD's movies were also located during the sweep.
Individuals involved in these types of activity could face charges of
fraud under the Criminal Code or charges under the Copyright Act for
offering for sale an infringing copy of work where copyright subsists.
If convicted, individuals could face imprisonment for a term not
exceeding two years under the Criminal Code or fines up to twenty-five
thousand dollars or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months (or
both) under the Copyright Act.
Counterfeit goods - whether smuggled into the country or produced in
Canada - represent a financial loss to legitimate businesses,
governments and taxpayers. As these goods are often cheaply made and not
up to Canadian standards, they not only defraud consumers, but may also
represent a safety risks to consumer/user.
The RCMP is committed to raising public awareness on the effects of
Anyone with information regarding the sale and /or manufacturing of
counterfeit merchandise is asked to contact the RCMP at 1-800-387-0020
or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-265-4444.
Pictures of these seizures are available upon request or on the RCMP web
SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information: For further information:
Cpl. Darren Morgan
Media Relation Officer
RCMP "O" Division
Office: (519) 645-4329 ext. 248
Cell: (519) 777-9035