AFP cracks down on organised counterfeiting
14 Sep 2010
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has today executed 21 warrants across Australia in relation to the organised selling and distribution of counterfeit and pirated goods including trade marked items.
Starting early this morning, Federal Agents entered business premises, residences and vehicles in Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, seizing counterfeit software, pirated CDs and DVDs, computers and counterfeit luxury items such as bags and jewellery. The investigations cover a number of alleged offences, including the selling of counterfeit computer software, pirated music and films, counterfeit clothing and handbags, and the illegal transmission of sporting content.
"Today's activity is a positive step for all IP rights owners and reinforces the importance of registering valuable IP including trade marks and industrial designs. It is far easier to enforce the rights of a brand or design owner if the IP is registered." said Robyn Foster, General Manager, Trade Marks and Designs, IP Australia.
"IP Australia is committed to providing high quality and enforceable IP rights so Australia's innovators and business community can benefit."
Last Updated: 15/9/2012