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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    CorpsRuleMen, 10 May 2007 @ 5:03am

    Parallel Importing EU->UK Yes, US->UK No

    "I thought the EU had rules that stated that parallel importing is legal from within another EU country. "

    Correct, UK law includes the EU exception in order to comply with the EU law.

    USA is not in the EU, so the English language USA version of Vista cannot be imported. None English language version (e.g. I'm typing this on the French version of Windows) do not change to English, even if you select English language.

    You can't do much about MS dividing the EU by language (well not without a lawsuit from the Commission anyway), but the block on importing US Vista is purely a UK only thing, and was introduced with a change to the copyright bill.

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