Following an intensive collaboration between Santoro's legal team and the Spanish police authorities, 'Operation Doll' culminated on Sunday July 26th 2015 with a number of simultaneous raids across Madrid and the Catalunya regions, during which 626,105 counterfeit products were seized. It concluded on July 30th 2015 with the indictment of 23 people for Intellectual Property crimes.
All infringing products, with a combined weight of more than 30 tonnes, have now been taken to a bonded police warehouse. With further raids planned, on both a national and international basis, it's anticipated the haul of illegal goods will surpass 1,000,000 pieces. Early estimates indicate that the products could have achieved over 6,000,000 euros at trade.
The products are all copies of Santoro's Gorjuss brand, a heartfelt and captivating collection of gifts, stationery, homewares and accessories. The collection has a strong and loyal international fan base, and featuresoriginal artworks which are created and owned by Santoro.
Commenting from the company's London Head Office, CEO & Chairman Lucio Santoro stated “As has been clearly demonstrated, Santoro will take decisive and swift action against infringers and against any stockists of infringing products, and will not hesitate to prosecute illegal and unauthorised use of our Intellectual Property. We would like to thank the Spanish authorities for their continued support and partnership throughout this operation.”
Posted: 3 August 2015
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