200 fake basketballs seized in Divisoria
MANILA, Philippines – More than 200 counterfeit basketballs amounting to nearly P500,000 were confiscated from 3 sports stores in Divisoria last month, authorities said.
The Anti-Fraud and Commercial Crimes Division of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), through a virtue of a search warrant, raided Mix Sports, Jianwang and Plus Sports in Divisoria and found them selling imitations of Molten basketball models GL7 and GG7 at the retail prices of the original models.
The Molten GL7 and GG7 models are the official balls used in the Philippines Basketball Association, International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and in the upcoming 2012 London Olympics.
Molten Corporation Japan, through its exclusive distributor to the Philippines Sonia Trading, said they have received complaints from customers who purchased the balls at the same price as the original ones.
“The operation signals the beginning of a vigorous campaign by Molten, by and through our government authorities, to rid the market of fake Molten products which continue to proliferate to the prejudice of the unknowing public,” Molten representative Atty. Raul Allado said in a statement.
Allado said the skin of the fake basketballs carrying the Molten brand “peels off easily and the markings and black channel lines are different.”
He also said discoloration and change of texture is often observed in a fake Molten ball even without heavy usage.
Allado added that an authentic Molten ball comes with a 2-year factory warranty and is usually sold inflated to avoid deformity.
The confiscated balls were turned over to the Intellectual Property and will be used as evidence in the cases filed against the owners of the sports stores in violation of Republic Act No. 8293 or the Intellectual Property Code.