Syria is working on a bill to combat trade in fake goods, according to Bashar Al-Saqqa, responsible for property protection at the ministry of supply, quoted by the Tishrin daily Tuesday, April 3.
"Nearly 350 cases of offences of dealing in fake goods were lodged over the past six months by the relevant authorities," Tishrin said, although it did not detail the extent of goods seized.
Germany's Adidas features high on the list of affected companies, making some 294 complaints between 1997 and the start of 2001.
One at the beginning of January referred to "some 20 workshops and outlets linked to the sale of counterfeit Adidas products in various parts of Syria," according to the paper.
Separately, the Italian ambassador to Damascus has been in touch with the foreign ministry after complaints made by the Italian company Wimar, which produces electrical switches and plugs.
"This company has complained over the sale on the Syrian market of goods bearing the name of Nimar, copying the Italian brand name and imported from China," the paper said.
In February, Syria passed a copyright law, with prison penalties for theft of intellectual property. — (AFP, Damascus)
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