Aug 11 Authorities in China's southwestern city
of Kunming have identified another 22 unauthorised Apple
retailers weeks after a fake of the company's store in the city
sparked an international storm.
China's Administration for Industry and Commerce in the
Yunnan provincial capital said the stores have been ordered to
stop using Apple's logo after Apple China accused them of unfair
competition and violating its registered trademark, state media
said on Thursday.
The market watchdog agency said it would set up a complaint
hotline and boost monitoring, the official Xinhua news agency
It did not say if the shops were selling knock-off Apple
products or genuine but smuggled models.
Countless unauthorised resellers of Apple and other brands'
electronic products throughout China sell the real thing but buy
their goods overseas and smuggle them into the country to escape
In July, inspections of around 300 shops in Kunming were
carried out after a blog post by an American living in the city
exposed a near-flawless fake Apple Store where even the staff
were convinced they were working for the California-based iPhone
and iPad maker.
Chinese law protects trademarks and prohibits companies from
copying the "look and feel" of other companies' stores.
But enforcement is spotty, and the United States and other
Western countries have often complained China is woefully behind
in its effort to stamp out intellectual property (IP) theft.
In May, China was listed for the seventh year by the U.S.
Trade Representative's office as a country with one of the worst
records for preventing copyright theft.
(Reporting by Michael Martina; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)
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