Chinese Authorities Raid Pirates of Merit Games
By Canadian Vending Staff
By Canadian Vending Staff
Merit Entertainment announced that officers from the Administration for
Industry and Commerce (AIC) and local police officers raided five
companies in Panyu and Guangzhou, China on August 8, 2006, seizing
copies of Merit hardware and software, documents, records, and over 250
illegal gaming machines.
Merit Entertainment announced that officers from the Administration for Industry and Commerce (AIC) and local police officers raided five companies in Panyu and Guangzhou, China on August 8, 2006, seizing copies of Merit hardware and software, documents, records, and over 250 illegal gaming machines.
“We have been conducting investigations in the PRC for three months as part of our ongoing intellectual property enforcement program. The raids are a result of evidence those investigations obtained,” said Bob Fay, director of government
relations. “China is the source of much of the illegally manufactured hardware and software and these actions yesterday are just the tip of the iceberg for our China enforcement program.”
The companies raided were EXL Electronics, Chengtai Electronic Technology, Totem Amusement and Guangzhou Xipu Electronics, all in the Panyu district and Jingge Computer Science and Technology in Guangzhou. Twenty-five AIC officers conducted the raids and an additional 150 police officers were called to the scene when over 250 illegal gaming machines were located at one of the raid sites.
The AIC fined one of the targets on the spot for possession of copies containing Merit’s intellectual property. Subsequent fines could be levied against the other companies.
Numerous records were also seized. “The records will assist us in identifying importers of Merit copies in several other countries,” stated Fay.
“The raids were very successful and we appreciate the cooperation we received from the AIC and the local police. The raids were carefully planned and yielding valuable information. We will continue working with the AIC and the local police and we will also be working with Chinese Customs. We are confident that the AIC will keep tabs on the companies raided,” added Fay.
In addition to this, the South African Revenue Service seized a shipment of 40 2006 Merit Force copies in Durban, South Africa. The shipment was shipped from Guangzhou Xiongye Electonics Company in Guangzhou, China, and was in transit to an importer in Durban. The importer could face criminal charges and the goods will be destroyed.
Fay also added that SARS has been given the names of Chinese exporters of Merit copies as well as suspected importers.
“The recent seizure cost the importer $30,000 he paid the Chinese pirates. Now he doesn’t have the goods and he’s facing serious legal problems,” Fay stated.