Thursday, August 20, 2009

Bricks and mortar trademark infringement of designer goods results in arrests in VA

A police raid at a store near Manassas, VA, about 30 miles from Washington DC, netted illegal imitations of goods by Gucci, Coach and Versace brands. This case amounts to “criminal” trademark infringement.

A more common form of criminal infringement is the use of trademarks in phishing attacks sent by spam. Infringement in the bricks and mortar world had become less frequent, it seemed, until today. It used to be common in the 1950s and 1960s even with counterfeit long playing records.

ABC affiliate WJLA in Arlington VA has a news story here.

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