Thailand destroys 10 million fake products in IP crackdown
BANGKOK - Thailand's Department of Intellectual Property, in collaboration with the Internal Security of Operations Command, the Royal Thai Army, Royal Thai Police, Customs Department, and Department of Special Investigation (DSI), have destroyed more than 10 million items valued at over US$18 million in a Destruction Ceremony in Bangkok.
The products were counterfeit goods seized during interceptions at various Customs ports, and those seized by the Royal Thai Police and the DSI during raids.
Infringing products destroyed included apparel, leatherwear, footwear, watches, mobile phones and cosmetics.
Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce, Jurin Laksanawisit, presided over the ceremony. Lawyers from Baker McKenzie Bangkok attended on behalf of various clients, including world-leading animation and merchandising companies, tech companies, and cosmetics companies.
In a Client Note, BM says the Thai Government has taken a strong position against intellectual property infringement, and is trying to establish Thailand as a market where intellectual property rights are respected and enforced.