5 stores charged with trademark infringement
MANILA, Philippines - An American industrial tools manufacturer sued 5 local hardware stores that were caught selling counterfeit products bearing its brand.
Irwin Industrial Tool Co. filed trademark infringement charges against the stores, 4 of which are located in Cavite province and one in Makati City.
Authorities caught the stores selling fake diamond cutting wheels with the "Irwin" brand in 2012.
The stores are Salud Mallari Trading in Dasmarinas, Cavite; King Wood Hardware & Construction Supply, King Boulevard Hardware & Construction Supply and Metro King Hardware & Construction Supply in Bacoor, Cavite; and Edsa Bolts & Nuts in Bangkal, Makati.
Irwin said the shops violated its economic and property rights when they "offered and sold merchandise that are counterfeit, fake and mere imitations of Irwin products."
Irwin is seeking P500,000 in damages and P250,000 in legal fees from each store. - Rappler.com