China’s crackdown on counterfeits shows no sign of slowing down. Following September’s report that Xiao Zengjiang had been sentenced to life in prison for producing and selling counterfeit Hermes handbags, Chinese authorites sentenced eighteen individuals to a total of more than 46 years in prison for producing and selling counterfeit Crocs, the foam clogs popular with small children and adults without fashion sense.
“If you attempt to produce or sell infringing Crocs products, we are going to find you and take definitive action to protect our intellectual property,” said Dan Hart, chief legal and administrative officer for Crocs. “The lengthy prison terms and heavy fines handed down in these cases show that Chinese authorities are very serious about assisting us to eradicate the production of counterfeit Crocs products in China, and so are we. We will not tolerate counterfeiters compromising our brand, and will continue to work with the authorities to hunt down and prosecute anyone who uses Crocs’ name, design or other intellectual property without permission.”
128,750 pairs of counterfeit Crocs products valued at roughly $9,550,690 were seized as part of these recent investigations.