A seller of counterfeit Lego products in South Korea has received a 2-year suspended sentence of 10 months' imprisonment and a fine of KRW10m (€7,700) for violating copyrights of the Lego Group.
The Danish toymaker said 26 July that the Seoul Southern District Court had found the defendant guilty of being in possession of 1,348 Lepin, Lele and SY branded counterfeit products, when his store was raided by the Korean judicial police last June.
“We appreciate the South Korean Courts and authorities for taking such a strong stance on intellectual property protection and enforcement,” commented Robin Smith, Lego VP general counsel for China and Asia Pacific.
The Lego official went on to say that the Danish company would continue to take action against copyrights infringements of its products “in order to protect the reputation of our much-loved brand.”
In September last year, the Danish toymaker won a landmark case against two Chinese manufacturers producing Bela-branded Lego look-alike products in the country.
The case, which was Lego's first “anti-unfair competition” filing in China, was against two Chinese companies for making and selling Bela products that were “almost identical” to those of Lego.
In July last year, the Beijing Higher Court passed a ruling recognising the Lego logo and the Lego name in Chinese as 'well-known' trademarks in China.
The trademark recognition has put Lego in a strong position to act against infringement of its trademarks.