The Intellectual Property (IP) Department has announced a major Bt15-million crackdown on counterfeit goods and their traders and manufacturers, to help clean up Thailand’s IP image in global markets.
For the first time, the department will cooperate with the Department of Special Investigation and the Customs Department in setting up five special investigation teams and five suppression task forces to operate around the Kingdom.
“Counterfeit goods are a major problem in Thailand,” Deputy Commerce Minister Banyin Tangpaporn said yesterday. “The stringent crackdown on illegal traders and goods will not only improve the country’s image, but also help economic growth, as illegal products create huge losses for the economy.”
He said that within three months of serious suppression starting next month, the country would no longer have illegal products commonly available at trading centres.
Priority areas to be targeted for investigation will be Panthip Plaza, Klong Thom Market and Patpong Night Market in Bangkok and tourism venues in Chiang Mai, Phuket, Surat Thani, Chon Buri, Songkhla, Krabi and Prachuap Khiri Khan provinces.
Banyin said the special investigation teams would try to send all of the cases to court in a bid to destroy manufacturers of illegal products, so that there would be no repeat violations.
The IP Department reported 1,727 cases of IP infringement in the first four months of the year, with the seizure of 570,935 items. (Nation)
Once and for all : stop the thai crap. Cut it. Store it. Forget it.
DVD’s, CD’s, software… are available in many retail shops, everywhere in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket… you name it. EVERYWHERE.
Panthip of course, MBK, Fortune Town on Ratchapisek (floor 2 for software, and 3 for the movies)… in real shops… not only small stalls on Sukhumvit road…
So again, stop the crap.
In every government, a clown vows to “fight“, “defeat” the counterfeiters, blablabla, in 1, 2, 3 months, with the full force of the “law“… blablabla.
So you could ask me : why bother to mention it, every time ? For history.
So people, all around the world, can understand on what level some thai officials are “working” : below the… absolute zero.
[anyway, see you in 3 months]