|The Viet Nam General Department of Customs seized products in 80,000 counterfeit, trade fraud and smuggling cases in the first five months of this year. Of these, 8,800 involved fake products. Police prosecuted 40 people involved in 25 cases. — Photo hanoimoi
HA NOI (VNS) — Law enforcement agencies and enterprises using fake brands need to co-operate to prevent counterfeit commodities from being sold in Viet Nam, anti-counterfeiting official has said.
Chairman of the Viet Nam Association for Anti-Counterfeiting and Trademark Protection (VATAP) Le The Bao said the production of contraband had become more sophisticated, impacting domestic production – and health, in the case of food and drink.
The association said fake commodities were being sold in 30 product categories, including cosmetics, beer, soft drinks, milk, telephones, motorbikes, petrol, confectionery goods, electronics and veterinary medicine. Sai Gon Beer-Alcohol-Beverage Joint Stock Corporation,Sabeco, has strengthened its trademark protection to combat prevalent fake beer sales.
Sabeco's Director Pham Hong Hanh said law enforcement authorities found two cases of fake Sabeco production in HCM City. City police seized 2,200 counterfeit beers at workshops in Binh Tan and Tan Binh districts.
"The company's directorate closely co-ordinates with sale agents, market management officials and economic policemen to discover fake production cases," Hanh said. "Whenever we find fake products, we will co-operate with law enforcement authorities to bring the offenders to justice. We also speak with the media about that."
The Viet Nam General Department of Customs seized products in 80,000 counterfeit, trade fraud and smuggling cases in the first five months of this year. Of these, 8,800 involved fake products. Police prosecuted 40 people involved in 25 cases.
Garment producers have become increasingly concerned with protecting their brands since Viet Nam joined the World Trade Organisation in 2007. There are more than 30 made-in-Viet Nam brands nationwide.
Le Tien Truong, General Director of Viet Nam Textile and Garment Corporation (Vinatex), said Viet Tien Garment Company and Garment 10 Joint-stock Company used advanced technology to make convincing fakes. Garment 10 has been increasing its presence nationwide.
Bui Quang Chuyen, General Director of Viet Nam Engine and Agricultural Machinery Corporation, said the fines for these crimes needed to be raised.
He suggested that the National Office of Intellectual Property of Viet Nam under the Ministry of Science and Technology re-check brand names for each product, avoiding repetition of brand names and confusion.
Fake products are often imported from China – especially cosmetics – in addition to being manufactured locally. — VNS