Over 6,000 counterfeit goods seized in UAE police raids
Over 6,000 counterfeit goods have been seized by the Abu Dhabi Police following a series of raids this week.
According to a report released by news agency WAM, inspectors at the DED's Commercial Protection Administration discovered an apartment which had been converted into a store that sold everything from fake designer bags, shoes and leather goods.
The Department of Economic Development (DED) in Abu Dhabi estimated that they confiscated 6,230 counterfeit goods.
Speaking on the news, the acting CEO of the Abu Dhabi Business Centre Mohammed Munif Al Mansouri told WAM that the confiscations included large quantities of shoes and bags that had been labelled as major brands.
He added that in doing so the guilty parties where on clear violation of the brands intellectual property and that the department has issued fines for activities carried out without obtaining a licence or the required permissions.
This isn’t the first time that the UAE’s law enforcement has discovered the unlawful selling of fake designer goods.
In March this year, the Dubai Economic Department (DED) posted a video on Twitter showing millions of counterfeit goods from warehouse raids.
One of the warehouses had over a million products including handbags, clothes, printers, cosmetics, watches and even contact lenses.
The second warehouse contained around 928 items and the third had 700,000, including five prominent perfume brands. The final warehouse had 252,000 items including cosmetics and cleaning products.
Ibrahim Bahzad, Director of Intellectual Property Rights Protection in the Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection (CCCP) sector in Dubai Economy, said that the raids took 48 hours and were followed by 14 days of investigation.
“Dubai Economy is committed to translate the directives and vision of the Government of Dubai to promote economic activity. Combatting commercial fraud and protecting goods and services against duplicating their brand or logo are part of the strategic objective of Dubai Economy to improve confidence among businesses and investors, and enhance overall competitiveness in Dubai,” Behzad said.
"People promoting and selling counterfeits use innovative tricks. Some of them import the goods in pieces and then assemble it here, and they even use remote or misleading locations to stock such goods. We work closely with global brands to train our inspectors in identifying counterfeits and we update trademark owners on local developments in combatting counterfeiting," he added.