A Leicester manufacturer making counterfeit Ted Baker product has been jailed for nearly three years after an undercover operation by the brand exposed the offence.
About £60,000 worth of counterfeit clothing, which also included fake Timberland, Lacoste, Fred Perry and Bench items, was seized by Leicester council trading standards in a raid at the factory in Temple Street, after Ted Baker provided them with evidence.
Sukhvinder Gill, director of the manufacturer SGHT, was given a 33-month custodial sentence for breaching the Trade Marks Act. More than 3,000 clothing items were seized along with 6,000 fake labels. The product was being sold to wholesalers and market traders.
The raid followed an 18-month operation by Ted Baker which employed a brand protection agency to pose as potential buyers of the goods.
Ted Baker production director Donald Browne said the company had been working with an agency for the past 10 years.
“Counterfeiting is not a big problem for us, but we take it very seriously. We take action against anyone making or selling counterfeit goods and have taken over 400 legal actions in the last seven years.
“It is usually lower price, easy to copy goods which are copied.”
Browne added that businesses wishing to protect their brands should join the Anti-Counterfeit Group, hire a brand protection agency, and build up a good relationship with Customs & Excise and trading standards officers.