Thai government crackdown decimates fakes market

A Thai government crackdown on intellectual property infringements has resulted in more than 85 per cent of goods being removed from retail spaces like Maboonkrong Shopping Center (MBK) in Bangkok and Talad Rong Krua in Sa Kaeo province.

A large number of copyright violators have been arrested through co-operation between the police, the Department of Special Investigations (DSI) and IP holders, says Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) director-general Tossapol Tangsubutr.

“The department has been especially successful in persuading retail outlets such as MKB shopping centre and Talad Rong Krua to join in the crackdown on IP violations. The office will nonetheless continue its work until such places are rid of IP violations.”

The DIP has created “red zones”, areas once were rampant with fake goods but now strictly controlled, says Tossapol.

With Saphan Lek now cleared of illicit goods, the DIP has moved on to Wireless Road. Another target is Pantip Plaza.

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