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Private intellectual property rights protection group yesterday called on concerned governments agencies to get tough on copyright violators after authorities swooped on several shops in Bangkok’s commercial district and confiscated large number of imitation goods displayed for sales.
More than 800 items of imitation products which directly violates more than 30 categories of Intellectual Property Laws valued at more than 15 million baht were confiscated by police in a raid on two shops.
Police accompanied by representatives of injured parties managed to confiscate the imitation goods and arrest three suspects.
The first shop is situated on the 2nd floor of the Grand Five Hotel while the second is the Variety Shoes Shop both located on Sukhumvit Road
An Indian national Khunikinari Akeelaysanal and Myanmar female known only as Ms. Soya were arrested along with Aporn Kerdsuk on charges of selling and in possession of imitation goods.
The swoop on the two shops was led by Mrs Mala Thangprasert, the deputy chairperson for the Private Sector Committee for the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights, as the representative for injured parties.
She beseeched the government authorities to take more direct action to quell the violation of Intellectual Property Laws in the country.
She stated that at present Bangkok alone contains no less than 50 establishments on Sukhumvit and Silom roads, Mah Boonkrong shopping center, Klong Thom market, Jatujak market and Rong Kluea border market in Sra Keaw province selling imitation or counterfeit products.
This represents an economic loss to the country valued in the millions of baht, she said while urging more tough action to tackle intellectual rights violation.