HK Customs cracks down on sale of infringing goods for Lunar New Year







HONG KONG  |   2015-02-07 19:51:29


HK Customs cracks down

on sale of infringing goods

for Lunar New Year


By Wang Xiaoni



Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department has conducted a series of strike-and-search operations against the sale of infringing goods for Lunar New Year, it said here on Saturday of February 7.

The operations were taken in various districts in Hong Kong from Wednesday to Friday, and a total of 15 cases were detected with the arrest of 20 persons and seizure of some 46,000 items of suspected infringing goods valued at about 433,000 HK dollars ( about 55,800 U.S. dollars).

Group Head of the Intellectual Property Investigation ( Operations) of the Customs Wong Yim-pui said the Customs would continue to take stringent enforcement actions to combat infringing activities.

He said citizens should purchase at wholesale and retail shops with good reputations or at franchised stores of brands.

The Customs reminded traders that selling infringing goods was a serious crime and offenders were liable to criminal sanctions.

Under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance, it is an offence to sell or possess for sale of any goods with any forged trademark. Upon conviction, offenders are liable to a maximum punishment of imprisonment for five years and a fine of 500,000 HK dollars.

Under the Copyright Ordinance, it is an offence to sell or possess for sale of infringing items. Upon conviction, offenders are liable to a maximum punishment of imprisonment for four years and a fine of 50,000 HK dollars for each infringing copy.






HONG KONG  |    2015-02-07 18:23:50


New flu vaccine ready

by April in Hong Kong


By Wang Xiaoni


A pharmaceutical company has verbally agreed to supply H3N2 influenza vaccines to Hong Kong by April, at the earliest, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man said here on Saturday.

Speaking to the media, Ko said experts have raised the possibility that the traditional peak flu season may extend into April or May, and the arrival of the new vaccines could prevent an excessive summer outbreak.

Ko said there may not be enough supply to cover everyone who wants to be vaccinated, so an expert panel will decide which groups should be given priority.

Ko also expressed concern about the high number of patients in hospitals, and urged district offices to help boost hygiene education and promotional efforts among the community

At least 134 people have died of the flu since the beginning of the year.









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