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Authorities raid Shenzhen factory for alleged trademark infringement

Posted: 28 Sep 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Bluetooth? Bluetooth Special Interest Group? Bluetooth SIG? wireless?

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) raided a factory in Shenzhen, China suspected of infringing upon the Bluetooth SIG's registered trademarks by manufacturing products bearing the Bluetooth trademark and logo without the authority of the mark owner.

With the full support of government authorities from Shenzhen, the raid was jointly conducted by the Shenzhen City Economic Crime Investigation Department of the Public Security Bureau and the Administration of Industries and Commerce of Shenzhen.

Over 20,000 pieces of finished and semi-goods comprising of headsets with Bluetooth technology, user manuals, packaging, printed boxes and components were seized from the manufacturing facility of Shenzhen Bluebird Hi-Tech. Co. Ltd, the company under investigation for the manufacturing and assembling of unqualified products infringing upon the trademarks.

Presently, Asia Pacific comprises more than half the world's number of Bluetooth SIG associate and promoter members, with over 50 percent of Bluetooth products qualified in the region. Seven of the top ten qualifying Bluetooth Qualification Bodies, which provides services to members seeking Bluetooth product qualification, for 2005 are based in APAC. Coincidentally, China ranks among the top three countries in the region in terms of Bluetooth SIG membership, with this number expected to grow steadily in the coming years.

"We hope to raise the awareness of IP and trademarks in China with regards to Bluetooth technology, but also encourage companies to generally respect IP, copyrights and trademarks," said Michael Foley, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. "Protecting IP and trademarks will help companies around the world, particularly here in Asia Pacific where there is such great product innovation, develop exciting new qualified Bluetooth devices that enhance wireless convenience for all consumers."

Daoxin Ou, Head of Trademark and Advertisement Department, Shenzhen Administration for Industry and Commerce Futian Branch, said in a press statement, "As in any country, the fight against IP and trademark infringement will be a long-term and challenging one. But one thing is certain, China is committed to the fight against IP and trademark infringement. This is vital to ensure the rights of authorized Bluetooth products and other kinds of products from other manufacturers, and for the continued innovation of great new products that originate from China."

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