“A mind-boggling array of counterfeit merchandise”
– Lonely Planet
Established in 1989 by David Lyman, Chairman and Chief Values Officer, the Tilleke & Gibbins Museum of Counterfeit Goods has grown from a collection of approximately 100 products when it was first created to more than 4,000 IP-infringing goods today, making it one of the largest of its kind in the world. The museum houses a collection covering 14 broad categories of goods, including clothing, footwear, watches and eyewear, accessories, cosmetics and perfumes, food and household products, drugs, alcohol and cigarettes, copyrighted works, stationery and office supplies, automotive parts, tools, electrical devices, and miscellaneous products.
Due to their unique design, HAVAIANAS flip-flop sandals have become very popular among Thai people and tourists, especially at tourist attractions and beach areas. This has resulted in the widespread distribution of counterfeit HAVAIANAS sandals across Thailand. The counterfeit products use similar, infringing designs, and are offered at prices which are three to four times lower than genuine HAVAIANAS sandals, but with very inferior quality.
HappyCall is a well-known Korean kitchenware manufacturer. A Thai TV shopping network began to run advertisements for a company offering counterfeit HappyCall frying pans for sale. In addition, the infringer offered the counterfeit frying pans for sale on its website and offered to deliver them in person to its customers.
A Thai company that was formerly an authorized licensee of PGA TOUR, Inc., a well-known organizer of professional golf tournaments, continued to distribute PGA TOUR apparel products bearing PGA TOUR trademarks after the agreement was legitimately terminated. The distributed products were identical to the originals but were deemed to be infringing products because the trademark owner’s authorization had ended with the termination of the licensing agreement.
An online company in the business of selling counterfeit products, including those of the well-known Korean makeup brands Lotree, Etude, Skinfood, and Baviphat, was the subject of coordinated raids carried out by the Department of Special Investigation of Thailand. The company stocked its counterfeit products in three different locations across two Thai provinces. The first site was a stockroom, while the others were three-story commercial buildings.
A Thai factory located in Lam Luk Ka district, Pathum Thani province, was raided by the police, leading to the seizure of thousands of automotive-related products, including counterfeit engine oils, plastic engine oil containers, cardboard boxes, labels, and even foil seals that cover the tops of engine oil containers. All of the seized items bore trademarks belonging to Honda Motor (Japan) and other leading companies.
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