Bristol, PA – Panyu and Nancun authorities from the Chinese Administration for Industry and Commerce (AIC) conducted a raid on January 13th at the CHA factory located in the Panyu District, Guangzhou. The raid, based on CHA’s alleged violation of Merit’s China trademarks, resulted in the seizure of eighteen complete Megatouch machine copies.
“The seized units were transported by the authorities to the AIC warehouses and appropriate penalties will be issued,” stated Robert C. Fay, Merit’s Director of Government Relations. “It was determined that these copy machines were destined for Viet Nam and investigations will be conducted.”
On January 15th, authorities conducted a second raid, this time on a North Star factory, also located in Panyu. Ten upright Megatouch machine copies were seized during this action.
CHA’s and North Star’s alleged illegal activities were discovered through Merit’s China Monitoring Program. “To protect the integrity of Megatouch, we have teams of agents that monitor suspected copy companies on a regular basis,” stated Fay. “Once we confirm illegal activities, we instruct our China team to take action.”
Baker & McKenzie, Merit’s IP legal counsel in China, coordinated the raids. Fay also praised the efforts of the Chinese AIC authorities for their swift action.
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