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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    Anonymous Coward, 29 Dec 2009 @ 8:42am

    First, I agree with comment 45 and 49. Our country is falling apart in that we are becoming oppressive. Look at Russia so many oppressive laws not to mention total economic meltdown now look at our country we're beginning to surpass Russia's laws we now have more laws than Russia and not surprisingly our country’s economy is slipping. We will not recover from this economic downfall. It's too late I believe it is anyway. Its thanks to Judges such as this one due to their inability to be lenient (more so in other cases) and we are all suffering for it. I would gladly give up my citizenship from America to a country such as Canada or France free socialized healthcare, education (look at the statistics Google it most of them have their homes paid for, and don’t have bills) and a more lenient intelligent judicial system.

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