The Daily Tribune (Philippines) 11nd Feb 2006

P1.8-million fake rubber shoes seized in
Pasay raids
Agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) seized some P1.8 million worth of fake
“K-Swiss” and “Vans” rubber shoes during a series of raids in PasayCity late this week.

The NBI Intellectual Property Rights Division (IPRD) yesterday said the raids stemmed from
complaints lodged before it by K-Swiss Inc. and Vans Inc.

Raided were two sales outlets and two stockrooms of Roselle Quizon Footwear and Ascent Rite
Shoe Collection owned by a certain Stephen Ang a.k.a. Stephen Who and Roselle Samonte-Quizon a nd Jefferson Habin-Ocampo.

The owners of the raided establishments now face charges of trademark infringement and unfair competition.

The IPRD agents said the retail outlets were at Stalls S-20 and 21 and 15 of the ShoeCenter on
F.B. Harrison corner Agtarap Streets, PasayCity. The two stockrooms were located at Unit B-40 and Stall S-59 at the MadrigalBargainPlaza on F.B.HarrisonStreet,PasayCity.

Seized from the raided establishments were 1,192 pairs of counterfeit rubber shoes with the trademarks of K-Swiss and Vans.

Days before the raid, the NBI placed the establishments under surveillance and conducted test buys to confirm evidence gathered by market-research firm Orion Support Inc.

After the test buys and further surveillance activities, the NBI obtained search warrants from Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 24 Judge Antonio Eugenio Jr.

Article written by:
Jun P. Yap
The Daily Tribune (Philippines)