As part of its ongoing enforcement campaign, Disney India today cooperated with the Crime Branch Control and the officers of Pydhonie Police Station in their raid against three wholesale dealers namely Parth Collection, Swastik Collection, and Tip Top Plastic, dealing in school products, stationery and other products operating out of Abdul Rehman Street in Mumbai.
1,313 units of goods were seized at Parth Collection, 138 units of goods were seized at Swastik Collection and 596 units of goods were seized at Tip Top Plastic respectively and the owners/ proprietors of the stores, Jaisil Mohan Patkar of Parth Collection, Ramesh Kanji Gami of Swastik Collection and Jitender Doshi of Tip Top Plastic, were arrested on charges of criminal counterfeiting.
Investigations are ongoing to identify the source and/ or locations of the manufacturers of these seized goods, who will also be prosecuted as appropriate.
Brands taking initiatives
Commenting on the recently carried raid, Abhishek Maheshwari, VP and Head, Consumer Products, Disney India said, “We see this as a good first step to protect the integrity of the products that consumers buy from a trusted brand. Disney's consumer products in India spans across multiple lines including,fashion apparel, home, toys, consumer electronics, stationery, food, health and beauty and publishing.”
“We applaud the efforts of the Crime Branch Control in not only protecting the rights of trusted brand owners, but also protecting Indian consumers from purchasing falsely branded and inferior products,” he added.
Disney has renewed its focus on counterfeiting within India. Disney’s efforts include working with government agencies and local police. To assist in these efforts, Disney asks that the public report any suspected infringements through an email account Tips@DisneyAntipiracy.com, which it has set up for this purpose. Disney takes seriously any suspected violation of its intellectual property rights and cooperates with the appropriate agencies to pursue reported violators.