$23,000 fine for brand violations

Update: November, 12/2015 - 14:46
A bag of monosodium glutamate with brand Ajino-Takara (left) is found violating the registered the registered brand of Aji-No-Moto in Da Nang city. — Photo courtesy the city's Market Watch and Management department

DA NANG — The central city's administration has fined Ha Trung Hau trading company VND500 million (US$23,800) for brand violations on monosodium glutamate.

Following investigations of different agencies in October, it was learnt that the company had bought and packed seasoning powder in packaging that mimicked brands of Ajinomoto.

The city's Market Watch and Management Agency said the company, which is based in Son Tra district, was caught with 20,000 bags of seasoning powder with brand Ajino-Takara, during an investigation in June.

A test result at the Science Institute of the Intellectual Property Rights showed that the brand Ajino-Takara completely violated the registered brand of Aji-No-Moto.

The city's Market Watch and Management Agency had suspended production and sale of the product and ordered the company to demolish seasoning powder bags with brand Ajino-Takara.

The city has yet to announce the compensation that resulted from violation.

According to the National Steering Committee on the Prevention and Control of Smuggling, Trade Fraud and Fake Commodities (or Steering Committee 389), most goods in Viet Nam can be easily faked.

There were 316 cases of Intellectual Property Rights violations with regard to fake production and sale in the first six months of this year with 51 arrests nationwide. — VNS