The Daily Tribune 31st July 2008
NBI seizes P3.5-M Fake Warner Bros. Products
Around P3.5 million worth of fake Warner Bros. children wear were confiscated during a series of raids conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Sta. Cruz and Binondo, Manila last Tuesday.
Regional director Elfren Meneses, chief of the Intellectual Property Rights Division (IPRD), said the raids stemmed from the complaint filed by Warner Bros. company based in the country.
Raided were Hiyes Commercial and/or Hi-win Garments Manufacturing and/or Johny Sy Ching and/or Edward Sy Ching’s sales outlet, printing facility and factory located at 513 Juan Luna St., Binondo, 2379 Karapatan St., Sta. Cruz, and 2438 Isagani St., also in Sta. Cruz.
The raids on the three establishments resulted in the seizure of 5,057 counterfeit Looney Tunes and DC Comics children’s wear, 237 silk screens, acetate and samples, 14 units of sewing machines and 5 units of edging machines.
The NBI agents put the establishments under surveillance and conducted test buys to confirm the evidence gathered through Orion Support Inc. (OSI), a market research firm representing the Intellectual Property Rights of Warner Bros.
OSI and NBI simultaneously conducted several investigative activities to determine the establishments’ illicit activities.
The owners of the raided establishments are facing charges of trademark infringement and unfair competition under the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines or Republic Act 8293.
— Pat C. Santos