KARACHI: Directorate of IPR Enforcement-South has confiscated consignments of watches branded as Rolex and Patek Philippe imported by M/s Q Star Trading and M/s MJA Enterprises from China.

The unauthorized use of the trade mark Rolex and Patek Philippe by the owner/importer of the goods without the consent of the right-holders i.e. </s Rolex S.A, Switzerland and M/s Patek Philippe & co, Switzerland renders the trade marks Rolex and Patek Philippe used by the owner of infringing goods being counterfeit trademarks. The goods have accordingly been confiscated.

The import of counterfeit products into Pakistan from China including cosmetics has registered a significant surge posing a severe risk to the well being of the people as well as to the environment.

Thousands of containers are grounded at Pakistan’s ports arriving from China and the local companies or local franchises of multi-national companies cannot identify or detect influx of counterfeit products and these hazardous goods find their way into the local market.

Director of IPR Enforcement South Amer Rashid Sheikh and Deputy Director Hina Gul  are keeping strict vigil on the import of such goods and has so far detected import of counterfeit aerosol sprays, perfumes, playing cards, watches and cosmetics imported from China.