Intellectual Property Law

Apparel Shop Owner fined RM25,000, for having 1,000 Imitation Jerseys

Date: 01 October 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 1 (Bernama) - A clothing shop owner was fined RM25,000 or 12 months jail by the Session’ Court here on three charges of possesing 1,245 imitation jerseys of various brands in June.

Judge Manira Mohd Nor meted the sentence on Lee Soon Chieng, 59, after she changed her plea to guilty when the case came up for mention today.

The court fined Lee RM13,000 or five year’s jail on the first charge, in the second charge, a fine of RM9,000 or four months jail and for the third charge, a fine of RM3,000 or three months jail.

According to the three amended charges, the woman was accused of possessing 650 Adidas jerseys, 445 Nike jerseys and 150 Puma jerseys with fake trade description which infringed the registered trademarks of Adidas, Nike and Puma.

She was accused of committing all the offences at TF Fashion Store, Plaza GM Lorong Haji Taib 5, here at 1.30 pm on June 21.

Earlier, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNKK) deputy public prosecutor Suhail Abdul Halim pressed for commensurating punishment in the interest of the public.

“The accused had taken the easy way to reap profits when the three brands had taken measures to promote their products.

“With the guilty plea in the accused’s first charge, the prosecution is withdrawing the charge against Munfaidah Mui, 50, the second accused who was charged jointly with her employer. I am seeking for the second accused to be discharged not amounting to an acquittal,” he said.

Counsel Tharam Jit Singh who represented Lee sought a minimum fine as this was his client’s first offence and she regretted her action.

According to the facts of the case, on the incident day, a KPDNKK enforcement team raided the premises and found the shop displaying and selling the clothes suspected to be imitations of Adidas, Nike and Puma brands.

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