Brothers on cutting edge of knock-offs


TWO Chinese brothers have been charged with making 160 000 fake “Gillette” razor blades, the latest in a series of product and piracy scandals to hit the country.


The brothers, surnamed Zhang, were accused of assem

bling Gillette Mach 3 razor blades at home with family members without the permission from Gillette (China), Xinhua news agency said Wednesday, quoting prosecutors in Wenzhou in Zhejiang province.


Authorities raided the home on July 4 last year, confiscating more than 30 000 blades. More than 120000 blades had been transported to Shanghai, according to the brothers’ statement, Xinhua said.


“It is estimated the counterfeits were worth about 2,54 million yuan (US$336 000) based on the average market price in Wenzhou,” it said.


Pirated goods ranging from drugs and designer bags to golf clubs and DVDs have become a major source of friction between Beijing and Washington. — Reuters.

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