Counterfeit Trader Compensates DuPont Fluorochemicals with RMB 204,000 in Damages
DuPont Refrigerants (DuPont) recently completed a two-year effort to investigate counterfeit activity of DuPont refrigerant brands in Quzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China.
In 2009, a distributor alerted DuPont to potential counterfeiting of DuPont™ Suva® and DuPont™ Freon® brands. The information they provided led us to suspect counterfeiting activity of Quzhouzhou Fuming Co., Ltd., in Quzhou City. With assistance from a local law firm, DuPont requested that local authorities conduct a raid of the suspected counterfeit facility. A raid action in late September 2011 resulted in seizure of 1,500 empty refrigerant cylinders with DuPont™ Suva® and Freon® packaging, 1,000 counterfeit labels and 1,000 counterfeit DuPont™ Freon® R-22 cylinders.
After the raid, DuPont issued cease-and-desist letters, however, the company did not respond to the request and continued to sell the counterfeit refrigerants. DuPont then filed a legal action against those responsible.
A court case was undertaken in China and a judicial settlement was reached in August 2012. The defendant was required to pay the equivalent of $39,400 to the Chinese government and to pay $32,000 in damages and court costs to DuPont. The company is under a permanent injunction to not sell DuPont refrigerants or engage in counterfeit activities involving DuPont trademarks going forward. As part of the sentence, the judge also required the company to post a formal public apology in two Chinese newspapers.
“We will continue to combat counterfeiting of DuPont refrigerants, using assistance from local law enforcement, government officials and customs organizations,” said Greg Rubin, global business manager, DuPont Refrigerants. “This effort is ongoing and this case was an excellent example of cross-regional work between DuPont and our distributors. This is a collaborative effort. We can’t combat counterfeiting alone.”
DuPont is a leading global supplier of refrigerants, using science and technology, market knowledge and global reach to provide sustainable materials and solutions to enhance personal comfort, enable food preservation, improve industrial processing and reduce environmental footprints. For more information, please visit http://refrigerants.dupont.com. For information on DuPont Brand Assurance Anti-Counterfeiting Initiative, please visit http://refrigerants.dupont.com/genuine.
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