That Fake Rolex You Buy In China May Cost You More Than The Real Thing

from the after-customs-has-its-way-with-you dept

Petréa Mitchell writes in to let us know about yet another case where trademark protection is being abused. "A guy decided to bring back some obviously fake Rolexes from China as souvenirs for his family. This was probably not a bright idea in any case, but US Customs thinks it's worth fining him $55,300. The fine is allegedly based on the street value of real Rolex watches, but he points out that there's no way anyone would pay a full Rolex price for fakes as obvious as these. The government says he should be glad it's only $55,300, because if Rolex had gotten personally involved it could have been $100,000... per watch." This one raises all sorts of questions. The thing is, buying these fake Rolexes shouldn't be against the law -- selling them should be. However, the guy wasn't caught selling them. Either way, while aren't there more important things for Customs to be doing than fining people for wearing fake Rolexes?

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    Chris, 10 May 2007 @ 12:46am

    What's more retarded?

    First off what the hell is the Homeland Security Department doing with anything regarding trademarks, copywright, etc... Protect my ass, not companies, within the united states from outside attacks (the physical kind that involve people dying, not their over gratuitous incomes). Second, you can't sue an individual for buying fake anything, you can however sue the seller, if they actualy use you're exact trademark. Although I guess why not just fine joe schmoe on home soil instead of incuring any actualy costs when the legal system fully warreats it? Also lets give a big round of applause to whatever idiot made the site where the originating article is hosted. You're a news agency, this means you should make all information that you have accessable to anyone, anytime; having to sumbit any information to you to continue on to the end of an article is just plain !)#*%ing idiotic.

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