Police impound 184 000 fake pens

via Police impound 184 000 fake pens | The Herald July 17, 2014 by Tendai Rupapa

Police in Harare have intercepted several cartons containing 184 000 counterfeit Eversharp 15M ballpoint pens worth close to US$40 000 that were being sold to unsuspecting customers by a Chinese company.
The pens, which were said to be sub-standard, were being distributed by Lamhill Trading (Pvt) Ltd.

The packaging of the counterfeit pens was similar to that of the original Eversharp 15M brand and the pens were also similar to the original ones.

A Chinese man named Faxin (61) appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe yesterday facing charges of contravening the Trademark Act, “selling or importation of service with forged registered trademark”.

According to the State, Art Corporation Ltd is the only firm authorised to hold the Eversharp trademark and anybody who purports to use the name will be in violation of the Trademark Act.

Mr Mahwe heard that Lamhill Trading (Pvt) Ltd would lie to consumers that they were selling original Eversharp 15M pens.

Faxin was remanded out of custody to July 30 for trial and was represented by Harare lawyer Mrs Gamuchirai Musandirire-Dzitiro.

The State had initially asked the court to remand Faxin in custody pending verification of his residence status.

Prosecutor Mr Michael Reza later called an immigration official, Mr Godffrey Kondo, who confirmed that Faxin’s residence papers were in order.

The complainant in the matter was Eversharp (Pvt) Ltd represented by Mr Kiriboni Moyo, the company’s safety, health, environment and quality superintendent.

Mr Reza said Mr Moyo received a phone call from a client on July 4 this year who had bought substandard ballpoint pens labelled as Eversharp 15M from Lamhill Trading (Pvt) Ltd.

In a bid to verify the client’s complaint, Mr Moyo went to the shop and bought a box of 50 Eversharp 15M counterfeit ball- point pens.
He tested the pens and discovered that they had the same features as those produced by his company, but were substandard.

On July 10, Mr Moyo went to another shop owned by Lamhill Trading and bought four boxes of the Eversharp 15M pens which he also discovered were imitations.

He checked the boxes and discovered that they had the same business address as theirs, the court heard.

The matter was reported to the police and 46 boxes containing 184 000 counterfeit Eversharp 15M pens worth US$36 800 were recovered from shops and warehouse.


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    Big news! How pathetic.

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    Madlinduna xhosaboy 10 years ago

    Typical of them

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    zanupf fear me 10 years ago

    A ballpoint economy looking east

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    Petal 10 years ago

    oooh ooh bobs friends are famous for fake goods round the world

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    biggus dickus 10 years ago

    so we have a pen party – hope we know who is bringing the paper !

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    kutongwa nonjazi 10 years ago

    Look east Kkkkkkk, mati marii. Even ma sweets very soon you will see fake crystal sweets

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    Clive Sutherland 10 years ago

    The Chinese are notorious for producing counterfeit products using the original manufactures logos and Trade marks, and this includes major engine components for Caterpillar and Cummins engines, they look the part but are no where near the same quality, beware as China floods the market to unsuspecting third world Countries.

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    Petal 10 years ago

    Read an article and it was a UN report about China being the worlds leading country for producing countefeit products.

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    just saying 10 years ago

    Trust me this is only the tip of the iceberg that is Chinese activity in this country! If the authorities were more vigilant a lot more would be revealed. Sadly many poorer Zimbabweans buy this junk & re-sell it to their fellow citizens.