Counterfeit Adidas soccer balls seized in Hangzhou

China | 25 Apr 2018 6:02 pm

Customs authorities in Hangzhou, capital of eastern Zhejiang province, said today they seized 300 soccer balls whose design was pirated from that of the match balls for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The consignment was to be exported to Lebanon, on April 9, Xinhua reports.

"The declaration form said the balls were without a brand, but when we opened the boxes, we found the balls were printed with patterns that resembled the official match ball for the World Cup," said Zheng Xianneng, an inspector with customs in Yiwu City, which is administered by Hangzhou Customs.

The balls were also printed with pictures of World Cup trophies and signs reading "Russia 2018," according to Zheng.

Inspectors accessed an online system to check intellectual property rights products and found the balls infringed upon the trademark rights of FIFA and the copyright of Adidas, said Pan Deng, deputy head of the intellectual property department of Yiwu Customs.

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