Raids at Abdul Rehman Street Shops Selling Fake Disney Products
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Saturday, June 22, 2013 -- (Business Wire India)
Over 10000 pieces of stationary seized; proprietors arrested
As the world’s leading entertainment brand, consumers trust the Disney brand to signify authentic products that are of the highest quality and safety standards. To ensure this, Disney works closely with multiple agencies around the world to protect our Intellectual Property and Brand. These agencies identify piracy at all levels and then take the appropriate action to stem it.
As part of its ongoing enforcement campaign, Disney India today cooperated with the Crime Branch Control in its raid against two targets namely; Thakkar Pen Mart and Max Stationery, wholesale dealers of stationery and other products operating out of Abdul Rehman Street in Mumbai. 2850 units of goods were seized at Thakkar Pen Mart and 8800 units of goods were seized at Max Stationery respectively. The owners/proprietors of the stores, Vinod C. Thakkar of Thakkar Pen Mart and Upender Sutar of Max Stationery, were arrested on charges of criminal counterfeiting. Investigations are ongoing to identify the source and/ or locations of the manufacturers of these seized goods, who will also be prosecuted as appropriate.
“We see this as a good first step to protect the integrity of the products that consumers buy from a trusted brand. Disney's consumer products in India span across multiple lines fashion apparel, home, toys, consumer electronics, stationery, food, health and beauty and publishing. We applaud the efforts of the Crime Branch Control in not only protecting the rights of trusted brand owners, but also protecting Indian consumers from purchasing falsely branded and inferior products", said Roshini Bakshi, MD, Licensing and Retail, Disney UTV.
Disney has renewed its focus on counterfeiting within India. Disney’s efforts include working with government agencies and local police. To assist in these efforts, Disney asks that the public report any suspected infringements through an email account Tips@DisneyAntipiracy.com, which it has set up for this purpose. Disney takes seriously any suspected violation of its intellectual property rights and cooperates with the appropriate agencies to pursue reported violators.