Niles, IL (November 14, 2005)–Shure Incorporated recently cooperated with authorities to help defeat a counterfeit ring that was manufacturing and distributing fake Shure products inside Thailand.
Initiatives by the Thai Customs authorities resulted in the seizure of a container of counterfeit audio goods that were imported through Klongtoey Port, Bangkok. Among the products in this shipment was a large quantity of counterfeit SM58 microphones destined for retail outlets around Thailand. In addition to the seizure of these goods, the importer was subsequently arrested and charged with trafficking counterfeit products into Thailand.
“These successful and decisive actions in Thailand go a long way to show our commitment in ensuring that Shure customers receive a genuine Shure product every time they purchase a product that bears our name,” said Rob Ascough, managing director of Shure Asia Ltd. “These raids also yielded a significant amount of information that will allow us to conduct further operations to strike at the manufacturing sources of these counterfeits. We will continue to pursue those who seek to deceive our customers.”
In a further series of raids conducted between September 16 and 23, 2005, Shure investigators, assisted by the Thai Crime Supervision Division, successfully raided six locations around the Baan Mor and Phra-pitak roads located in the Phra-Nakorn district of Bangkok. Several thousand counterfeit Shure products and infringing items were seized. In addition to these seizures, five people were arrested and charged.
“As the authorized distributor for Shure products in Thailand, we are extremely grateful for the persistence of Shure Asia Limited in helping us to remove infringing products from our market. Their committed actions will help us to ensure that Thai customers are not cheated into buying substandard counterfeit products,” said Kasemsin Kanchanachayphoom, assistant managing director, Mahajak Development Co., Ltd., Shure’s Distributor in Thailand.
To date, Shure has successfully conducted operations to stem intellectual property breaches in many countries including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.