Disney India Piracy raids
As the world’s leading entertainment brand, consumers trust the Disney brand to signify authentic products that are of the highest quality and safety standards. To ensure this, Disney works closely with multiple agencies around the world to protect the Intellectual Property and Brand. These agencies identify piracy at all levels and then take the appropriate action to stem it.
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 targets namely Parth Collection, Swastik Collection, and Tip Top Plastic, wholesale dealers in school products, stationery and other products operating out of Abdul Rehman Street in Mumbai. 1313 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. The owners/ proprietors of the stores, Mr Jaisil Mohan Patkar of Parth Collection, Mr Ramesh Kanji Gami of Swastik Collection and Mr 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.
“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”, said Abhishek Maheshwari, VP and Head, Consumer Products, Disney India.
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 [email protected], 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.