Police confiscate alleged copies at CeBIT

6th March 2008, Comments 0 comments

Authorities raid several Chinese exhibitors.

Hanover, Germany -- Police investigating patent infringements confiscated products during raids on several Chinese exhibitors Wednesday at the CeBIT computing trade show in Germany.

An executive for one Chinese firm, Meizu Technology Ltd, said there had been an argument over an MP3 player.

The Meizu booth closed for a while, but reopened later in the day. She said the player was no longer on display.

Meizu Technology's MiniOne smartphone, which some news reports claimed has a strong outward resemblance to the Apple iPhone, remained on offer to trade buyers in the booth.

Police and German prosecutors said they would not release details of the day's raids in Hanover until Thursday.

Chinese manufacturers have repeatedly faced difficulties at recent trade fairs in Germany, with western manufacturers often inspecting the goods on the first day and arriving back with police on day two.

The German online news service Heise said two police detectives arrived at the stand in plain clothes to look at the products and then seized suspect devices and advertising material.

At last year's CeBIT, German customs officials seized a vanload of alleged copied products made in China.

A police spokesman said this year's raids against alleged copycats were on a much larger scale.

DPA with Expatica

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