Gothenburg, Sweden – A Swedish court has sentenced one person to a one-year jail term and a five-year ban from trade, and awarded damages to SKF, after finding him guilty of violation of Swedish trademark law in relation to the SKF trademark.
The court found that he intentionally purchased counterfeit SKF products. The products were thereafter sold with a high profit margin to unknowing customers.
The criminal and civil court case was the result of a police raid in March 2010 of stores in Stockholm and Avesta (located in the central parts of Sweden) where the police found thousands of counterfeit SKF products. SKF cooperated with the police in the identification of the counterfeit bearings.
Counterfeit SKF products are non-SKF products illegally marked with the SKF trademark and packed in SKF-like packaging. Counterfeit industrial products like bearings can considerably reduce the service life of machinery and in the worst case endanger human lives.
SKF is actively cooperating with law enforcement authorities around the world to facilitate legal measures against those involved in the trade of SKF counterfeit products.
According to Lars Ruuth, SKF Canada’s marketing manger, “While this case was in Sweden, Canada is also a market for counterfeit operations, targeting several industrial brands and trademarks. We need to work together to protect the public interest of safe and reliable machinery.
“The SKF Group has a zero tolerance policy against counterfeit operations and those that trade them,” he added. For more information, contact the SKF Group Brand Protection at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org