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Counterfeit Manufacturing: Electronic Equipment

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 24th June 2016.

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Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Labour, Swansea East

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many fines were issued for the sale of counterfeit electrical products in (a) 2013-14, (b) 2014-15 and (c) 2015-16.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy (Jointly with Department for Culture Media and Sport)

The Government does not hold data on the number of fines that have been issued for offences related to the sale of counterfeit items.

The IP Crime Report does contain data on the number of cautions and convictions for IP offences in England and Wales from 2002 – 2014. According to Ministry Of Justice data, during 2014 456 people were found guilty of offences under the Trade Mark Act and 61 under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act.

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