A Portugese national, Mohammed BHUIYAN, living in Stafford Road, Forest Gate, London, E7 appeared at Staines Magistrates Court on Wednesday 20 November 2013, charged with 6 (six) offences contrary to The Trademarks Act 1994. He pleaded guilty to all matters and was sentenced to 6 month Community Order, a 12 weeks curfew from 7pm – 5am and a £200 fine. There was also a £60 victims surchage imposed.
The Court ordered the curfew to commence on 21 December 2013 (once he has returned from Portugal).
The case was brought by TM EYE on behalf of clients LOUIS VUITTON as a private criminal prosecution.
Evidence was gathered by TM EYE of BHUIYAN selling fake bags and leather goods at KEMPTON PARK MARKET between 25 April 2013 and 16 May 2013 and also at NORTH WEALD MARKET, Essex on the 4th May 2013. A criminal summons was served on the defendant on the 19th September 2013.
TM EYE Director David McKELVEY said,”BHUIYAN operated at a number of markets in and around London selling fake LOUIS VUITTON goods and other brands. TM EYE on behalf of its client LOUIS VUITTON covertly gathered evdence of his criminality and brought a private criminal prosecution against him in the criminal courts. The sentence today sends a strong message to both him and other traders in counterfeit goods that they risk a criminal conviction and possibly imprisonment should they continue to trade in fake goods.
TM EYE will target any persons engaged in the sale of fake goods that impinge on our clients brands.”
A Birmingham man, Arif PARVEZL, appeared at Bristol Magistrates Court on 13 November 2013 for 15 (fifteen) Trademark offences contrary to The Trademarks Act 1994. He pleaded guilty to all matters and was sentenced to a Community Order for 12 months to include 150 hours unpaid work.
The case was brought by TM EYE as a private criminal prosecution on behalf of clients MULBERRY, LOUIS VUITTON and JIMMY CHOO.
The case follows a covert operation mounted by TM EYE between 9 December 2012 and 28 July 2013, when substantive evidence was gathered at Bristol Fruit Market of the defendants criminality. A summons was served on the defendant at his home address in Edenbridge Road, Birmingham, by TM EYE detectives on 23 October 2013.
TM EYE Director David McKelvey said,”Bristol Fruit market was identified as a problematic market by the National Markets Group (NMG) and with the assistance of the Intellectual Property Office Intelligence Unit an operation was mounted. TM EYE undertook covert test purchases at the market gathering evidence of the sale of fake goods and carried out surveillance on those involved. The case today is the second private criminal prosecution brought by TM EYE for its clients involving traders at Bristol Fruit Market.
TM EYE will continue to ‘catch and convict’ any person who commits criminal acts that impact on our clients brands.”