Thursday, August 6, 2009

Luang Prabang destroys fake products

(KPL) The imitation products were destroyed on 4 August, Luang Prabang province, following the seizure of more than 1,000 dozens of fake shampoo and five dozens of toothpaste, worth more than 8.5 million kip, by customs officers.
The event was attended by representatives of the Committee of Intellectual and Property Rights Management and product dealers in the province.
Mr Somsak Bounmaphet said the destruction of fake products aimed at providing justice and advantages for society and protecting intellectual and property rights of the producing company.
He said that, �this was the third destruction of imitation products by the local authorities�.
In 2006, the provincial authorities seized and destroyed counterfeit products worth more than 42.2 million kip, and in the following year additional fake products worth 31.8 million kip were destroyed.
A police officer said that the confiscation was aimed at protecting consumers� rights.
�The smuggling of counterfeit products declined compared to the previous years and people knew which is fake and which is real,� he continued.However, there was a number of merchants still take advantage through the circulation of fake products, he added.
He expressed concern for peasants who lack knowledge of which products are real.
Head of Technology and Science Service in Luang Prabang province Sipaseuth Duangsavath said that the circulation of fake products did not only violate the copyright law but also impact on the socio-economic development.
He called on all social strata to combat against counterfeit products and cooperate with our inspection committees to inspect fake products smuggling.
�Any counterfeit product circulation in Laos is against the law of the Lao PDR and Prime Minister�s notice No 529, proclaimed on 4 April 2008,� a customs officer said.

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