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DUBAI Over 150,000 counterfeit Stanley Black & Decker tools have been confiscated from two warehouses in Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah. Industry insiders said this was the biggest haul of its kind in the UAE.

The illegal cache came to light when law enforcers swooped down on the warehouses located inside the two emirates' free zones on February 27 and 28 as well as a shop in Ajman selling fake power tools. "We believe we have uncovered one of the biggest importers of counterfeit tools in the Middle East infringing our trademarks. There are hammers, tape measures, wrenches, knivesa there were more than 1,000 Black and Decker drills," said an official of Stanley Black & Decker (SBD). Counterfeits of SBD brands, such as Stanley, Black & Decker and DeWalt were the most prominent ones discovered in the raid.

The items were moved from the target premises into police custody until further orders from the courts. He said it took them three months of groundwork before the operation was undertaken, but declined to give more details.

The US-based hand tools giant has been fighting a long-running battle with Asian counterfeiters, estimated to account for two per cent of the world's trade, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

In the last three years, SBD has worked with their lawyers Al Shaali and Co who lodged complaints with UAE authorities that led to 35 raids.

"Since 2009, Stanley Black & Decker was able to seize considerable quantities of counterfeit goods of their brands, which is considered to be a remarkable achievement in the fight against counterfeits in the country."

SBD, the company that emerged from a 2009 merger that formed the $4.5 billion (Dh16.5 billion) tools maker, said they are also working with Chinese authorities to curb the problem.

The official hailed the UAE authorities for their strict enforcement of trademark protection laws. The official also expressed their gratitude to the Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah authorities who have extended their support towards tackling the counterfeiting issues of their brands.

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Date:Mar 8, 2012
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