20,000 counterfeit items of CK underwear seized


TAINAN, Taiwan — Police have seized 20,000 counterfeit items of Calvin Klein underwear from a warehouse in Tainan County, a police spokesman said yesterday.

The spokesman said that officers from the Intellectual Property Rights Police Team raided the warehouse last week after taking into custody a man in Taipei, identified by the surname Chen, for selling counterfeit Calvin Klein underwear through the Internet.

Chen confessed that all the pirated items he sold online at discount prices came from China, and that he bought the goods from a warehouse in Yungkang township in Tainan County. He has been referred to the Taipei Prosecutors’ Office.

According to the spokesman, members of the IPR police team searched the warehouse and confiscated such a wide array of unopened boxes containing various sizes of the Chinese contraband that made the warehouse look like a distribution center.

The spokesman quoted experts in the retail underwear market as saying that if sold through the Internet, the 20,000 items of clothing would have resulted in NT$10 million (US$306,410) in losses to Calvin Klein Co.