Led by the Trading Standards, a raid was conducted in Camden Market, London, to seize a large number of counterfeit goods which create a great detriment to legitimate business as well as infringing a large number of Intellectual Property.
The raid was overseen by the National Markets Group in which the UK Intellectual Property Office is major partner. Graham Mogg, Intelligence Co-ordinator for the Anti-counterfeiting Group (ACG) and Chair of the National Markets Group explains its dynamic by stating ÂThe National Market group includes the Intellectual Property Office, the Police, British Recorded Music Industry, Anti-counterfeiting Group, Federation against Copyright Theft, Department for Work and Pensions, the Alliance for Intellectual Property, Her MajestyÂs Revenue and Customs, the Electrical Safety Council, Scambusters and many local authority Trading Standards teamsÂ.
The raid was very successful. The enforcement officers involved seized a number of counterfeit goods from suspected fraudsters including:
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 4000 items of clothing
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 800 cigarette lighters
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 1800 accessories including belts, purses, sunglasses, handbags and phone accessories
Baroness Neville-Rolfe, the Minister for Intellectual Property, gave comment on this success by saying ÂThe raid at Camden Market should serve as a warning to criminals across London and the UK as a whole. The net is tightening. The ongoing and successful partnership between the Intellectual Property Office and our enforcement partners across the country leave nowhere for unscrupulous fraudsters to hide.Â
Another success against the continuing ignorers of intellectual property protection.