A family run clothing manufacturing business in Leicester was sentenced to jail and made to repay earnings made of manufacturing counterfeit clothing, covering 27 trade marks, which include those of Hugo Boss, Nike and Lacoste. The family admitted to offences under the 1994 Trade Marks Act and were prosecuted by Trading Standards. The repayment of sums amounts to £70,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
If you own an intellectual property right such as a trade mark, copyright, design or patent, then others cannot manufacture, use, sell or import it without your prior permission. If you detect a potential counterfeit or infringement case relating to your rights, we can assist you in review of the facts and setting out a strategy. Trading Standards are less likely to act now due to budget constraints, but action can be taken by us working with other parties and the police.
If you are interested in this, please do not hesitate to contact us.