SR 60,000 fine imposed on dealer found with fake auto spares
A civil court in Riyadh fined SR 60,000 on an auto parts dealer who was marketing fake motor spares from his outlets.
The judgment was based on a complaint made by the Ministry of Commerce and Investment, which seized 5,000 counterfeit spares with popular brand names.
According to an official from the Ministry of Commerce and Investment, the dealer has used counterfeit trademarks on all items meant for sale.
"This is considered a violation to the intellectual property rights, as well as misleading and deceiving the consumers by claiming that such items are original", he said.
During their inspection, the MCI judicial control officers detected more than 5,000 pieces of fake auto air filters, forged for famous registered trademarks, namely: Hyundai, Ford and Motorcraft. Consequently, all the counterfeit quantities were seized, and the case was referred to the judicial authorities for taking the necessary legal procedures.
The Article 43 of the Trademark Law stipulates: "Without prejudice to any more severe penalty, an imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year and a fine of not less than SR 50,000 and not more than one million Riyals, or by either of them, shall be imposed on any person who has forged a registered trademark, in a way to mislead or deceive the customers, also whoever used with bad intension a counterfeit or forged brand, and anyone who used in connection with his services a brand owned by others, as well as whoever offered, put up for sale, sold or acquired for the purpose of sale any products bearing false or forged trademark with his full knowledge, in addition to anyone who offered services relevant to such forged trademark with his knowledge".
The MCI affirmed its continuation of taking stern measures and imposing the legal penalties on anyone found guilty of storing, distributing, offering or selling counterfeit products, forged for registered trademarks.
The Ministry calls on all consumers to lodge their complaints and observations through MCI Consumer Call Center (1900), or through the application of a Commercial Violation Report, or via the Ministry's website.