For U.S., a Counterfeiting Problem in China Is Old and Very Real – Howard French

From The New York Times, via A Glimpse of the World:

New problems come and go between China and the United States, but when leaders of the two countries meet in Washington shortly, protection of intellectual property will be on the agenda – as it has been for years.

Joining DVD’s and cheap knockoffs of brand-name clothing and computer software are new, upscale lines of counterfeit goods. Shoppers can find “Callaway Big Bertha” golf clubs, and “Ikea” furniture. Shanghai bar and nightclub operators say they are often sold fake bottles of Chivas Regal or Johnnie Walker Scotch, which are slipped in among bottles of the genuine item in the cases they buy from wholesalers. Pharmacies and drug makers say copies of Western medicines – far beyond just Viagra clones – are common. Garages say fake auto parts are widespread.

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